9. The East Gate

(Nehemiah 3:29) The East Gate has several names:  Golden Gate; The Beautiful Gate; or The Gate of Mercy.  This Gate is the closest in proximity to the Temple whereby worshippers would enter bringing their gifts and offerings.  This Gate faces the Mt of Olives, and would have been in direct line of sight when Jesus... Continue Reading →

The Curse and the Crown

Easter Sunday:  ‘The Curse and the Crown’ Glory be to Jesus Christ who has rescued us from sin and death.  Today is Easter Day, it is the greatest….. Day in world history.Fact of world history.Benefit of world history…… Jesus was dead but he is alive. And Christians today are the witnesses that stretch back nearly... Continue Reading →

Jesus Christ is Still King and His Gospel is Still True

Sermon preached at a Taunton Churches Together Sunday Service on 15/11/2020. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ImgaEmDYrzk&feature=emb_title On the evening of November 5th, my wife, pregnant daughter and her husband, and our 4 year old daughter, were in the garden having a fire-pit bonfire. We had German sausages cooking; marshmallows warming. Sparklers, and one or two thimbles of beer. We were... Continue Reading →

You are Called to Greatness

Called to Greatness: Is. 40:28-31; John 6:66 It is so easy for my life to be consumed by triviality, pettiness and banality. Do you know what I mean? I don’t want my life to meander along in a predictable, mundane fashion. It’s not that I’m looking for the novelty of experiential excitement:  As an end... Continue Reading →

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The Donkey

When fishes flew and forests walked    And figs grew upon thorn, Some moment when the moon was blood    Then surely I was born.  * With monstrous head and sickening cry    And ears like errant wings, The devil’s walking parody    On all four-footed things.  * The tattered outlaw of the earth,    Of ancient crooked will; Starve,... Continue Reading →

The Story of Our Cross

A few months ago a highly skilled chap called Gary made an oak cross for the church as a leaving present.  What follows below is his interpretive explanation of what he has made, and why he made it like that.  It is marvellous!!! The cross mounted to the wall in the sanctuary at Barton Baptist... Continue Reading →

X marks the spot

Having had the best part of the weekend in Oxford (Baptist Union Assembly), I must say what an inspiring place it is.  I'm sure the sun shining was a major factor, not to mention  the incredible falafal wraps I enjoyed, with a decent pint at the famous pub favoured by C. S. Lewis and the... Continue Reading →

Take Me To Church

My youngest son (17) brought me a CD for my birthday recently (a minor miracle in its own right), and was very interested to know my thoughts on the song 'Take Me To Church' by Andrew Hozier (aka Hozier). I was very impressed with the CD overall, the thoughful lyrics and quality of music (I... Continue Reading →

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