Persecuted church in Iran

Thu, 27/01/2011 - 11:34 -- James Oakley

Those wishing to pray for the church in Iran may like to read this recent report that has documented the persecution there since June 2010.

The headline is this: “We know for sure that at least 202 Christians have been arbitrarily arrested in 24 cities in Iran since June 2010. 33 remain in prison today. This has happened against the background of government officials publicly speaking out against Christians.”

The report is available from,-33-still-in-prison.

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Christmas Story... in the digital age

Fri, 24/12/2010 - 09:41 -- James Oakley

There are a few similar videos doing the rounds on Facebook etc. at the moment, but this is the best I've come across. It would have taken a lot of work to put together!

Apart from one small anachronism over the e-mail address Mary chose for herself, it's excellent.

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The whole Bible

Thu, 14/10/2010 - 16:13 -- James Oakley

"Once you are convinced that your people need — I say need — the whole Word of God, and you get over the shock to your indolent flesh that you are not in the ministry for an easy job, you simply roll up your sleeves, and having gathered, or being in process of gathering, the most helpful library of commentaries and reference books you can find, you get down to it: and book by book you give your people a balanced diet of the truth." (William Still, The Work of the Pastor

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Reformed Evangelical Anglican Library

Fri, 25/06/2010 - 09:51 -- James Oakley

Church Society have just launched a new series of publications entitled The Reformed Evangelical Anglican Library. Lee Gatiss, the editor of the volumes in the series, recently dropped me an e-mail to point them out, and they look promising. In particular, I often feel that the wisdom we most often seek out is that from our own generation, but those of former years and centuries so often have much to teach us.

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Bishop of Rochester

Tue, 22/06/2010 - 08:00 -- James Oakley

Finally, we have an announcement. It was announced this morning that the new Bishop of Rochester is to be Rt Revd James Langstaff, currently Bishop of Lynn in the Diocese of Norwich.

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Run out of words to pray?

Thu, 04/03/2010 - 14:55 -- James Oakley

Then enjoy the wisdom of William Cowper, as found in two verses of his hymn What various hinderances we meet:

Have we no words? But think again;
words flow apace when we complain
and fill our fellow-creature’s ear
with the sad tale of all our care.

Were half the breath thus vainly spent
to heaven in supplication sent,
our cheerful song would oftener be,
‘Hear what the Lord has done for me!’

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