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Putting amazing back into grace – part 5

Before we begin to look in earnest at Chapter 7 of ‘Putting amazing back into grace’, I would like to summarise briefly anything you may have missed since our last blog on Chapter 4 -. Grace before time (See blog post http://www.firwoodchurch.com/blog/putting-amazing-back-into-grace-part-4/).   Hopefully you have still all been reading along.  If not, now is…
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Putting amazing back into grace – part 4

As the General Election moves ever closer, I’m sure that many of us, myself included, are thinking over the best way to use our vote. There have been many discussions and debates surrounding the election and who would be the best leader for our country. We look at the track record of the candidates and…
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Putting amazing back into grace – part 3

Horton is definitely American. I’ve never made and sold lemonade, though I hear it’s a past time that many young American folk enjoy. The closest equivalent I could find when I looked back through the mists of time was making and selling rose petal perfume in re-used two litre cola bottles (note to self; revisit…
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Putting amazing back into grace – Part 2

At the start of chapter two, Horton takes us right back to the beginning by first looking at Genesis 1:31; “And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good”.  He tells us that we must first go back to creation to understand who we really are, the meaning of the fall, and…
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Putting amazing back into grace – Part 1

Michael Horton begins his book with a call for Christians to go back to basics; to begin again to explore and fully understand the truths of the gospel of Jesus Christ. I totally agree with his opening paragraphs regarding church culture.  A large proportion of what we would term evangelicals tend to settle for an…
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TIS: Easter Special

“Easter time; Mistletoe and wine!”, as Cliff Richard probably jokes to his close friends every year about this time (they’re getting tired of it, frankly. I mean, it’s the same joke every year. And it doesn’t even make sense. And it’s not like that’s still a relevant song anyway; what is this, the eighties? No,…
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TIS: One Republic – Counting Stars

‘I wanna dance with somebody!’, blurted a young Whitney Houston to an even younger Phill Marsh. I thought about getting in touch, but I feared that my dancing skills would only lead to a disappointed diva, and, worse still, a future musical shaming as she retold the tale through the crushing art of the revenge…
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What Are You Singing? – In Tenderness

Three gazillion years ago,we published the first of a series of images aimed at helping the Church to think deeply about the words it sings in worship. At long last, the wait for the second is over! We’ve recently been enjoying Citizens‘ self titled album here at Firwood, and we’ve brought the most excellent ‘In…
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TIS: Ellie Goulding – Explosions

I’m not sure if I’m supposed to like Ellie Goulding’s music openly. Is it for teenage girls? It doesn’t seem that way. She has an interesting voice and an unusual style. So much so, in fact, that when I recently revealed I was a bit of a fan to a number of friends, I was…
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TIS: John Lennon – Happy Xmas (War is Over)

Every year, for about 2 months, a debate rises up and divides our society; When exactly is the right time to start listening to Christmas songs (and for radio stations to provide them)? Now, I know that there are some reading this that would respond with a resounding “Never!”, but that’s just because they have…
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