James: Pure & Practical Wisdom (Week 6)

The wise control their tongue. James 3:1-12 9 With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness.10 Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be. James begins this portion of his letter by actually […]

Women’s Gathering

Dear Minster and Friends, On June 16th we are holding our first ever Women’s Gathering day retreat. We have themed this day around Proverbs 31:17 “Her arms are strong for Her task.”  Each of us have daily, weekly and monthly tasks and responsibilities that are uniquely ours to carry and yet at times it can […]

James: Pure & Practical Wisdom (Week 5)

The wise have a faith that works. James 2:14-26 What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith, but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? James unpacks three kinds of people in this portion of scripture. The first kind is the person who claims to have faith but […]

May You Flourish

Dear Minster and Friends, “May the Lord cause you to flourish, both you and your children” – Psalm 115:14 I recently found out there is German word for ‘making something worse whilst trying to make it better’ – Verschlimmbesserung – that doesn’t have a good English equivalent. I have been hunting around for a good compound word […]

James: Pure & Practical Wisdom (Week 4)

 The wise are impartial. James 2:1-13 My brothers and sisters, believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ must not show favouritism. At the beginning of chapter 2, James now tackles the problem that favouritism plays within communities.  His essential point is that favouritism and faith in Christ don’t mix. In fact, they contradict each other.  Faith comes from […]

James: Pure & Practical Wisdom (Week 3)

 Wisdom in action. James 1:19-27  22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. As James moves onto describing faith in terms of action, he does so by reminding his recipients that the word of truth was planted in them not so that they would be an informed people but rather that they might […]