3rd Communion as part of the evening service.
6th Annual General Meeting, 7:30pm. In-person, downstairs @ AP, or online.
12th *No Small-Groups* Mark Vogan speaking at Prayer-Meeting.
16th Saturday-Morning-Outreach, members meet at 11am outside the bookshop.
[Note: the book-table continues to go out every Saturday, weather-permitting, speak to Eric if you are interested.]
17th Keith Underhill leading and preaching at morning and evening services.
19th Fiona Earnest of Albanian Evangelical Mission giving presentation about the work at Prayer-Meeting.
26th *No Small-Groups* E.M. Hicham speaking at Prayer-Meeting.
- The weekly Women’s Fellowship meeting is on a break for the summer and hopes to recommence in September.
- The monthly Bible-Reading-Groups are also on hiatus until September. The Summer-Bible-Book (usually a longer book we can spend more time over, as we have longer) is Ezekiel. All church-members are encouraged to read and consider Christ as you read, keeping a note of observations and questions.
- Rhodri is due to be on Paternity-Leave for a fortnight during July.
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THE AIR WE BREATHE: How We All Came to Believe in Freedom, Kindness, Progress, and Equality – Glen Scrivener (The Good Book Company, 2022)
You may have read (or heard of) a book by secular historian Tom Holland called Dominion, this was a book that came out a few years ago which had as its central-thesis that the West as we know it owes everything good that it has to Christianity. Tom Holland is not a believer (at least not yet, as far as I know), and yet he can see that we owe everything in the West to Christ.
Since then, there have been several Christian books which have sought to do what Tom Holland did, but in a more explicitly Christian way, and perhaps to make it shorter too. Sharon James has written one, as has Roland Burrows. This is Glen Scrivener’s.
I found this a very helpful and readable reminder of all this same thesis. If you’re not aware of the connection our culture has with Christianity, then do read this book (or perhaps one of the others I have mentioned) to see that.
The other advantage of this book is that it may be a helpful book to give to a non-Christian.
Some of us may be a little uncomfortable with the sources that Glen quotes liberals from (e.g. Rowan Williams, a liberal Anglican). Glen himself is ordained in the Anglican Church, and so we all need to read aware of those connections.
JOY IN DARK PLACES – Thomas Parr (Reformation Heritage, 2022)
This is the most helpful book I’ve read in a very a long time. I love how Christ-centred / gospel-focussed this book is. Thomas says that ‘the gospel is supposed to produce a “soundtrack of the soul,” an inner song that is described as rejoicing’. The problem is, we so often don’t hear that song; our soundtrack is not gospel-filled, which is why we all lack joy when we get to the inevitable dark-valleys of everyday life.
There is a sample of the book available to read here, which (I think) will make you want to read more.
[Book News: Rhodri Brady]