Articles from July 2013



Church – singular or plural?

I want to propose a subtle revolution – make church plural not singular. What kind of language do you use when you talk about the church? In the singular or in the plural? North Springfield Baptist Church IS or North Springfield Baptist Church ARE? Do you say “ NSBC HOLDS ITS morning service at 10.30? […]

New content on this blog – Articles from Church Magazines

As this blog is now being integrated into my main website I am adding to it lots of material from other places. I have just added the articles from the magazine of North Springfield Baptist Church over the last three years. As well as all the sermons and Bible Studies at www.pbthomas.com/blog Other pieces I […]

Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit

“This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: `Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the LORD Almighty. (Zechariah 4:6) NOT BY MIGHT On more than 100 occasions the Old Testament uses the word MIGHT to refer to collective strength, to armies or warriors. In anything God calls us to […]

Why should we love other people?

Another church displayed a simple poster. “You know that bit where it says, ‘Love one another.’ Well, I meant it.” God calls us to love each other in the church and he calls us to love our neighbours as well. But what should motivate us to love, especially when loving others becomes costly or challenging […]

Why have you abandoned me?

How much does God love us? The Apostle Paul tells us that the death of Jesus Christ on the cross is the supreme demonstration of God’s love for fallen human beings. “You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a […]

Why do people not come to church?

“When you were born, your mother brought you here. When you were married, your partner brought you here. When you die, your friends will bring you here. Why not try coming here on your own sometimes?” This poster seen outside a church raises an interesting question. Why do folk seem to need so much persuading […]

What kind of church do we want to be?

What kind of church do we want to be? When people in the neighbourhood talk about North Springfield Baptist Church, how would we like them to describe us? A church with good teaching? A church with genuine worship? A church with great children’s and youth work? A church which brings all ages together side by […]

What is the point of Harvest Festivals?

Almost forty years ago I remember joining in a barbecue and barn dance in a field near Stowmarket. There was a bonfire and we sat around on bales of hay next to the combine harvesters and tractors, celebrating the Harvest in the company of the farmers who had brought it in. Such Festivals are rightly […]

What are you giving up for Lent?

An advert used to appear on television every year around February. It showed a bottle of lemon juice poised to pour over an empty plate, with the slogan, “Don’t forget the pancakes on Jif Lemon Day.” The advert urged everybody not to forget a certain brand of lemon juice on Pancake Day. Nowadays it seems […]

The Helper

When they finally realised that Jesus wasn’t going to be with them any longer, His disciples felt completely lost, abandoned, orphans! So on the night before He died Jesus made some wonderful promises to His disciples – promises which are just as much for us to claim! “I will ask the Father and He will […]