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Oct 20, 2015
Category:General 
Posted by: DavidW

One family, one main service [please note: this service will be at 10.30am weekly from January]

From January 2016, I’d like us to have one Sunday morning service instead of two... (click to read more)


Oct 23, 2014
Category:General 
Posted by: DavidW
So, now that the ghosties and ghoulies and long-leggedy beasties are filling every shop window in North Finchley, it's time to have a look at this excellent video.

Aug 18, 2014
Category:General Talk of the Day 
Posted by: DavidW
Here's a wonderful quote from the wonderfully quotable CS Lewis. Some searching stuff on forgiving as we have been forgiven:

Aug 12, 2014
Category:Talk of the Day General 
Posted by: DavidW
It’s been a horrible week for God’s people across the globe, hasn’t it? The reports from northern Iraq and Syria of Christians being displaced, oppressed, killed, crucified even have been utterly heartbreaking. It’s impossible to talk about asking God for our daily needs without being aware that in the last three or four days alone 200,000 Christians have been forced to flee from the advancing armies of IS around Nineveh, and so today are bereft of house and food and, in many cases, loved ones. How do we respond to that?

Dec 1, 2013
Category:General 
Posted by: DavidW
So, it's that time of year again, when you run downstairs, race each other to find the little number 1 (or whatever it is) and with some excitement open the window... only to find a picture of a robin or a chocolate Mickey Mouse...

Oct 2, 2013
Category:General 
Posted by: DavidW

Last Wednesday one of our much loved members, Violet Gleeson, died. Lots of us have known Violet for many years. She’s been a hugely important part of the body here at Christ Church for so long. Her death has come as a shock. So what do we do when someone like Violet is taken from us? 


Oct 2, 2013
Category:General 
Posted by: DavidW

What crosses your mind when you think of the word “Christianity” and the word “sex”? Angry hostility? Toothy vicars spitting out their tea at the merest mention of naughtiness? Guilt? 


Oct 2, 2013
Category:General 
Posted by: DavidW

“And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus…”


Jun 20, 2013
Category:General 
Posted by: DavidW

It was father's day on Sunday and I wanted to say something to dads and husbands, just thinking through a bit of what it means to be a saved husband, and a saved dad. 


Feb 27, 2013
Category:General 
Posted by: DavidW
We had a good discussion at Hot Potatoes last night about things to do with the historical reliability of the Bible. This matters. Because unlike some other religions, the question of 'did the things the Bible talks about really happen or not?' is of vital importance in Christianity. The Apostle Paul says (in 1 Corinthians 15) that if the resurrection of Jesus didn't really happen "our teaching is useless and so is your faith"...

Jan 23, 2013
Category:General 
Posted by: DavidW
Yesterday we had a tragic event in North Finchley when two people died in a house fire a couple of hundred yards from here...

Dec 21, 2012
Category:General 
Posted by: DavidW

Here's one of my all time favourite videos. 5 minutes of fast, noisy, gravity-defying fun. And the guy doing it (Ari Vatanen) is a follower of Jesus, so it's not completely off topic...


Dec 19, 2012
Category:General 
Posted by: DavidW
Is your view of God a bit like a big Father Christmas in the sky? Because you'll get into a big mess if it is. Here's a great video to put things right...

Dec 13, 2012
Category:General 
Posted by: DavidW
We become like what we look at. The things which we gaze at and are fascinated by shape us, so that we gravitate towards them...

Dec 1, 2012
Category:General 
Posted by: DavidW
So then, some people in the Church of England general synod had a vote, and ever since then there has been a lot of anger...

Nov 12, 2012
Category:Talk of the Day 
Posted by: DavidW
"That's the reality of war - the pain of it... War is pain. The question for us is what can God do about that pain?...

Nov 12, 2012
Category:Acts Talk of the Day 
Posted by: DavidW
"Hypocrisy is easy. That’s the frightening thing about it. If we love things and we love approval, we have all we need to be really accomplished hypocrites. And if God is not present among us, that doesn’t matter. But if he is, then we need to fear...

Nov 12, 2012
Category:Acts Talk of the Day 
Posted by: DavidW

"All the disciples of Christ despise death; they take the offensive against it and, instead of fearing it, by the sign of the cross and by the faith of Christ trample on it as on something dead...


Oct 4, 2012
Category:General 
Posted by: DavidW

Afraid of speaking about Jesus with friends/neighbours/colleagues because you're worried you might end up losing the arguments? Read on...


Oct 4, 2012
Category:General 
Posted by: DavidW

Last Sunday, in this sermon, John asked us these questions:

"How well can we explain our faith? How well do we ‘know Jesus’? Could you write down the fundamentals of becoming a Christian on one side of A4?"

Here are two videos which can help...


Sep 26, 2012
Category:Acts Talk of the Day 
Posted by: DavidW

"You see this is the pointy end of the gospel message. Jesus is the risen King and he’s coming back soon. And when he does it will be too late to make peace with him...


Sep 26, 2012
Category:General 
Posted by: DavidW

The great people over at X3watch sent me this email the other day. If you’re a competent enough mouse-clicker to have found this page, chances are you’ll have stumbled across pornography on the internet at some point, whether accidentally or on purpose. Read on…

 


Sep 26, 2012
Category:General 
Posted by: DavidW

Controversy-watchers out there will probably have been aware of the hoo-ha during the last week or so over a 4th century manuscript which appears to suggest that Jesus had a wife...


Sep 16, 2012
Category:General 
Posted by: DavidW

I was talking to an old friend the other day who asked about what I was getting up to in my job at the moment, and I told him that the following day I was preaching about Christ Church’s new mission statement and some other things like that. A few days later he came back to me with a question. “I’ve been thinking about what you said the other day,” (I have to confess to being a bit taken aback by that comment) “why do churches need mission statements? I can understand it for businesses, but for churches I don’t get it”...


Sep 16, 2012
Category:General 
Posted by: DavidW

The short answer: to know and show Jesus.

That’s basically it. Life is complicated, the Christian life is no exception to that, but when it comes down to it there are only a few things we’re put here to do. We’re here to know and show Jesus. That’s what glorifies God; that’s what makes us most fulfilled. Our purpose in life as a church is nice and simple...


Sep 16, 2012
Category:General 
Posted by: DavidW

I assume that because you’re reading this, you’re not in a church meeting (if you are in church then, well I suppose this is better than just playing spider solitaire, but perhaps you ought to look up now and read this later). That’s how it is with all of us; even people like me who spend a lot of time in church meetings. Most of our lives are spent outside of church meetings.

The purpose of this blog is to help a bit with that part of life; the big part...