theology, worship

Why do we celebrate Communion?
I have recently been asked to give a short presentation to my daughters class on the meaning of communion, with particular attention to the idea of symbols. And it got me thinking. Communion is underrated. It is probably the most significant service that we have in Church. It’s a regular reminder that Christ died for us, a reminder that Paul tells us we should repeat until Our Lord returns. But it is also about community, reconciliation, forgiveness, love, peace, family, togetherness; Communion encompasses everything about what it means to be a Christian. It’s a celebration of love, the love of our God for His lost children and that He gave up His only Son to die for US!! God loves ME, that is at the heart of communion, it’s staggering!

It’s only four weeks to Easter, by far the most important date in the Christian calendar. I have added a page with some resources for communion services and will update it with more stuff over the next few days. Check it out here.
“This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.” 1 Corinthians 11:24

General, theology

Undoubtedly one of the greatest preachers and Christian writers of the last century, John Stott died last week on the 27th July.  When I attended seminary John Stott was compulsory for all us would-be preachers and every year the homiletics class made it’s annual pilgrimage to All Souls to hear him preach.  Although he was not the most dynamic speaker his sermons carried a power and simplicity that was unmatched and that we as young pastors could only aspire too.  Several of his books grace my shelves and which often get picked up.  His commentary on Romans is a favourite of mine.  Another book that I have read a few times which was published in 2007 is “The Living church” where he expands on a sermon he gave in 1974.  In this book he shares his thoughts on what it means to be a genuine living church.

John Stott will be sorely missed.  Here are some links below, worth checking out if you want to know more:

A memorial site has been set up.

John’s obituary in Christianity Today.

John Stott’s own website.

A collection of memorial posts From Adrian Warnock