Major Points From The Minor Prophets

At Highworth Methodist Church we have recently finished an Evening Preaching Series on the 12 Minor Prophets namely, Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah and Malachi. In the preparation for the sermon series we found a number of books helpful, but as sometimes happens, I discovered what I have found the most helpful book of all after we’d completed the Series!! I’ve just read John Blanchard’s excellent ‘Major points from the Minor Prophets’ whilst on holiday.

A step in a new direction

As I start as MET’s new Development Worker I look back on my ministry so far, and forwards to the exciting challenges ahead. This year’s Methodist Conference marked the 20th anniversary of my Ordination. It was significant to attend the Ordination Service at Plymouth Central Hall and alongside the ordinands to be reminded of my calling and anointing for Presbyteral ministry. In my two appointments, I have followed a theme of “Going for Growth”, discipleship shaped for mission.

Crash, Bang, Wallop

They were the witnesses to his resurrection. They had seen him taken up into heaven,
They were told to wait - and so they did.
They met together, they prayed. They encouraged each other,
All the time wondering what would happen on the Day of Pentecost.

Then one day as they waited, Crash Bang Wallop.
Wind and fire came upon them.
They could suddenly speak other languages, they found themselves emboldened and empowered to meet the tasks before them.

The rest, as they say, is history. Or is it?

A Will to Lead and the Grace to Follow

William Willimon, currently a United Methodist Bishop in the USA, is perhaps better known as a former Professor of Christian Ministry and Dean of Duke University Chapel. Recognised as one of the leading preachers in contemporary Christianity, Willimon writes a weekly message to the congregations under his care. These range across theological, leadership, renewal and practical themes.

The Healing Touch of God

The aim of the book: ‘To show that Healing should be as much a part of every congregation’s life as any other form of prayer, which is the essential tool of healing ministry.’

The content of the book shows the broad line of the healing ministry throughout the centuries. It is ‘a hands on approach to Christian Healing from a Methodist perspective’

An Introduction to the Old Testament

Carr’s book is a basic introduction to the academic study of the Old Testament. Unlike traditional introductions, it does not start with Genesis and proceed through book by book; rather the books are presented as products of wider historical, religious and political context. His main two concerns in the book are the historical context and the varied interpretations by faith communities, both ancient and modern.

A Breath of Fresh Air

Which Methodist preacher, sermonizing to small rural congregations, has not read the story of Ezekiel in the valley of the dry bones and not been filled with hope that miracles can happen? That God can bring to life causes that look long dead and buried?

Fingerprints of the Holy Spirit

The Policeman looked around the room. It was a scene of confusion - furniture was overturned, the contents of the cupboards and drawers were scattered everywhere. The officer paused, thought, and finally said, “I think there has been a burglary!” He then added that the fingerprints and method of operation meant he knew the name of the intruder. Pentecost is the very day when we should be reminding ourselves that our task is to seek out the fingerprints of the Holy Spirit. His method of operation never changes.