We reached the end of our series on the Sermon on the Mount last night. It is astonishing and unprecedented, and deeply challenging even for those of us who are very familiar with it. Here are 10 of the things we learned.
Homegroup Online 22nd April Homegroup Online 29th April During this time of social distancing we have put together a slightly more formal patter of evening prayer for our home groups. We find this works better given the limitations of Zoom, and allows everyone to participate one at a time. Online groups work best when oneContinue reading “Prayer for Homegroups”
What an interesting way to spend our Wednesday nights! Lovely to see so many of you there. We recorded some of the sessions, you can find them on the resources page
Tom writes: Lent starts on Wednesday. For those of you feeling slightly nervous about the prospect of feeling duty bound to give up chocolate or pork pies (or another vital food stuff), let me remind of you of what some of us did last year – we embarked upon reading the whole of the NewContinue reading “Lent 2010”
We are quite excited about our homegroup series this Autumn, on the book of proverbs. Our homegroups meet all across Islington, and involve eating together, discussion, bible and prayer. They are the main place that community happens at church, and the best way to get stuck in to COTC. You can find out more here.
Our new term starts this sunday at COTC. It has always seemed strange that we still work on academic years, yet september always feels like a new beginning, we are hopefully a little rested and refreshed and ready to get stuck into a new year. This term we are looking at the book of acts,Continue reading “Empire & Kingdom”
If felt to me that Easter brought together all the themes we have been exploring over the last few months, themes like Kingdom, justice, restoration & creation. On Sunday morning we reflected on the resurrection account in Luke, and also this wonderful image by Stanley Spencer (click for a very large version). He imagines theContinue reading “Easter 2008”
We talked yesterday about preparing to enter into the wilderness at Lent to create some space and to seek repentance and humility. You can find the talk on the resources page. And whether you are planning to give something up, or take up some practical discipline our hope is that this is restorative for usContinue reading “Lent”
I was at a fantastic Advent lecture by Bishop Tom Wright before Christmas, based on his new book ‘Surprised by Hope’ [Amazon]. It was a thorough exposition of Christian Eschatology, and a deconstruction of lots of the crazy ideas and bad thinking that dominate popular ideas about life after death. Ultimately it is given withContinue reading “Surprised by Hope”
This sunday we were looking at a barnstorming passage; Jesus’ woes to the Pharisees and Teachers of Law in Luke 11. You can find the sermon on the resources page. I resisted the temptation to have a field day and instead tried to put our own house in order. This critique of the religious institutionsContinue reading “The COTC Manifesto”
Chatting to Pete Burnham after football last night (good result for the vaders!) about the idea of tithing our time. It came up for me when I was preparing this talk on generosity. It is often said of people working in London that they are cash rich/time poor. I don’t know about the cash richContinue reading “Time”
This term at Church on the Corner we are studying Luke’s gospel, a series called ‘The peoples republic of heaven’, an intentionally provocative title which should become clearer as we go on. Luke is unique, and quite distinct from the other three gospels, with its own purpose and message. Gospels are not simply collections ofContinue reading “The peoples republic of heaven”