Category Archives: Spiritual Worship

Tested by our praise   

Reading straight through a chapter of Proverbs can feel like sampling every motto from the Christmas crackers and fortune cookies at a large party! But one couplet may leap out and greet you, as Proverbs 27:21 did for me the … Continue reading

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Precious values

The cumbersome phrase ‘appreciation of an appraisal of the price of prized and precious praise’ contains four nouns and two adjectives belonging to the same family group. They, in fact, all derive from a related group of Latin words: pretium … Continue reading

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Let nothing be lost   

      My old friend like me had served as a church pastor and then travelled regularly in a preaching ministry, but for over a year had been grounded since his wife had nearly died and was still incapacitated. As … Continue reading

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‘Let everything that has breath praise the Lord!’

As I joined in with our hearty congregational rendering of this very modern-style song one Sunday morning, into my Scottish mind popped the quirky question: ‘Would that include the bagpipes?’  (Actually, bagpipes were an invention of the Irish who exported … Continue reading

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God’s Christmas protest?

Two days before Christmas 1974, plumb in the middle of a decade of prosperity, Church of the Nazarene pastor, Herbert McGonigle, left St James’ Hospital in Leeds around five o’clock, just as the Christmas lights were coming on in all … Continue reading

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