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Consider carefully how you listen

Sat, 15/09/2012 - 17:30 -- James Oakley

Tomorrow, many of those who read this will attend a church service. As part of that, there will be a sermon.

At least - please do attend a church service tomorrow. It's a really good thing to do each week. And, if you are responsible for leading a church service, please do ensure there is a sermon - it's a really good thing to include each week.

Today, I'm doing a number of things, but one of them is marking. I have before me a number of assignments on preaching from trainee Readers in the Diocese of Rochester.

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Don't be a coot

Wed, 12/09/2012 - 12:15 -- James Oakley

The story is told of one Anglican clergyman I had the privilege to meet on a few occasions. Being an ordained minister, from time to time someone who ask him to pray for them. I think the thought was that, because he was ordained, God would hear him. "Say one for me, Father", came the request.

Apparently he used to reply: "Say one yourself, you lazy coot".

I'm not sure quite why the coot gets it in the neck here. I wasn't aware that it was a reputably lazy bird.

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Tue, 11/09/2012 - 10:28 -- James Oakley

On Friday night, there was a sad fire at our end of Kemsing Village. A stack of 500 hay bales caught fire - it helps nobody to speculate whether this was deliberate or accidental, although invariably people start to speculate and everyone has a theory.

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The message of Genesis

Mon, 10/09/2012 - 10:17 -- James Oakley

What's the whole of Genesis about?

Jason Hood, over at the SAET blog, has some very sensible things to say about how the whole book speaks a message that needs to be heard by NT Christians, and what's more speaks it with great clarity:

His full post is not long and is well worth a read:

Here's a small extract to whet the appetite and send you to the full thing:

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