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In this section of our Emmanuel church website we hope to pubiish articles of current interest, thoughts on topical subjects to do with our own Church life as well as thoughts on broader issues of interest to Christians near and far.  We welcome feedback (see the end of each article) and hope you find this section helpful.

The danger of the comfort zone

Along with 10 other people from Emmanuel, I went to New Wine last week - a Christian festival in a huge field in Somerset camping with 8,500 others. It was a wonderful time of fellowship and catching up with friends from my previous two churches, but mainly it was an incredible time of engaging with God in a way I haven’t done in some time. Among the things I felt He spoke to me about during the week, I felt particularly challenged that I had been living in my comfort zone, not stretching myself or doing anything ‘unsafe’, and how that wasn’t what God wanted for me...

Posted on Monday, 14th August 2017 | Read more

Faith always... & works please!

This James series in our morning congregations has been an unavoidable challenge. '“If people say they have faith, but do nothing, their faith is worth nothing. Can faith like that save them?”  - James 2:14

James’ message is bare-knuckled; his style is bare-boned. Talk is cheap, he argues. Service is invaluable. It’s not that works save the Christian, but that works mark the Christian. In James’ book of plain-speaking logic it only makes sense that we who have been given much should give much. Not just with words but with our lives...

Posted on Monday, 19th June 2017 | Read more

Word Alive

James 1 is an impact passage. It’s full of wisdom that transcends all the years since writing. The truth of slowness to speak and being ever slower to anger would better all our human interactions! (v19)

Listening to God's word is vital, but if we only hear the word but fail to go on to obey it then we are in danger of deceiving ourselves...

Posted on Thursday, 18th May 2017 | Read more


So, Easter is over and the biscuit tin’s been retrieved from the back of the cupboard. The chocolate egg’s been demolished and Facebook's back in use. Yay!...

Posted on Thursday, 4th May 2017 | Read more

300 times True!

The Bible is the most read book in history. It’s also the bestselling and the most translated book in history. Yet it’s more than that. It’s also God’s Word - God’s very breath. Scripture isn’t just a good idea. It is God’s Word to us. The Bible is true and trustworthy because it contains thousands of prophecies that have come true and will come true. Every one of the Bible’s prophecies has either come true exactly as God predicted or will come true sometime in the future...

Posted on Thursday, 9th March 2017 | Read more