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Of the Authority of the Church

Mon, 14/07/2014 - 20:28 -- James

THE Church hath power to decree rites or ceremonies and authority in controversies of faith; and yet it is not lawful for the Church to ordain anything contrary to God’s word written, neither may it so expound one place of Scripture, that it be repugnant to another. Wherefore, although the Church be a witness and a keeper of Holy Writ: yet, as it ought not to decree anything against the same, so besides the same ought it not to enforce anything to be believed for necessity of salvation.

Why Jesus must be Lord as well as Saviour

Tue, 01/07/2014 - 11:44 -- James

Lots of people's discovery of the Christian faith goes something like this:

They start out thinking that it's all about being good. If we're good enough, God might just accept us.

They then discover the wonderful news the Bible calls "grace". Jesus did not come to call people to be good; he came to show us we could never be good enough, so that we can receive God's kindness as a gift we could never earn. We need Jesus as our saviour.

But then that leads to confusion: If God's grace is free and undeserved, does it matter how I live? Can't I live as I please? … Read more about Why Jesus must be Lord as well as Saviour

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Israel becomes Egypt

Thu, 12/06/2014 - 11:32 -- James

Oh, the pain of leaving things out.

I'm preaching on 1 Kings 11-12 on Sunday. As is always the case with preaching, the aim is to help people to hear what that part of Scripture is saying to us today. And in order to be clear, you have to be ruthless. So often, there are all kinds of really interesting things you've learnt and discovered in the text, and they have to go on the proverbial cutting-room floor. … Read more about Israel becomes Egypt

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Why did David change his mind?

Thu, 05/06/2014 - 20:30 -- James

I'm preaching on 1 Kings 2 this Sunday, and it's a trickier passage than it first looks.

David had previously overlooked two murders committed by his commander in chief, Joab, and pardoned the insolent Shimei.

Then the time comes to hand over the kingdom to Solomon. (So thank you to King Juan of Spain for choosing this week...). He urges Solomon to bring justice to these two.

So here's the question: Why did David change his mind? … Read more about Why did David change his mind?

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Updating Drupal core with bash and drush

Thu, 08/05/2014 - 16:30 -- James

Yesterday, Drupal 7.28 was released.

People rush to upgrade, knowing that there will be a tranche of bug-fixes that may resolve longstanding issues.

People hesitate to upgrade, because updating Drupal core is not as simple as we'd like.

Other times, the core update is a security release, and you can't afford to wait.

This does not need to be painful!!

Upgrading core in Drupal 7

You have probably read the official documentation on doing this. … Read more about Updating Drupal core with bash and drush

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