Notices

New Affinity website and Foundations journal

As a church, we are supporters of Affinity and have fellowship with other Affinity related churches in Bridgend. The Affinity website has just undergone a radical revamp and is well worth a look. There are a number of very helpful resources under the Resources section and also a comprehensive church finder to locate other Affinity churches.

Just published today, you will also now find the Affinity theological journal, Foundations. This was previously available only by paid subscription but is now offered for free on the website (on the Foundations page). The theme of this edition of Foundations is “The Truth Shall Set You Free – the Doctrine and Function of Scripture in the 21st Century.” It includes most of the papers given at the Affinity Theological Studies Conference held in February 2011.

Latest issue of Affinity Bulletin

The latest issue (March 2011) of the Affinity publication The Bulletin is now available over on the Affinity website. We recommend you have a read to keep up-to-date on the implications of legislation and public policy on social issues in the UK. Here’s the summary of the contents of the March issue:

In Britain, it’s census time again, but it is coincidence that the March issue of Affinity’s social issues publication, The Bulletin, is dominated by statistics.

This issue uses some other recent statistics to show that in all probability, two thirds of Britain’s population will claim to be Christian in the 2011 census. Another recent authoritative survey has shown that the homosexual population of the UK is much smaller than the figures which influenced the introduction of civil partnerships.

Most pertinently, though, Peter Milsom points out some of the implications of the recent survey of 17,000 evangelicals, conducted by the Evangelical Alliance and Christian Research, on issues connected with faith and practice. There are lessons which every evangelical church needs to address.

As always, there is plenty of important reading in The Bulletin – the implications of the Cornish B&B case, admission to Church of England Schools, and both grim and encouraging news of a wide range of life issues. It needs to be reading that leads to action.

The trinity: do you need some help?

At a recent conference, I listened to a speaker called Mike Reeves who works for UCCF: The Christian Unions. His talk was really helpful and another pastor at the conference recommended Mike’s talks on the Trinity at Theology Network. This is a theology resource maintained by UCCF with articles on many aspects of theology.

I recommend Mike’s talks to you on this difficult subject and hope you might find the time to listen to them. Here are the links:

Enjoying the Trinity 1: A delightfully different God

Enjoying the Trinity 2: The spreading love

Enjoying the Trinity 3: This changes everything

regards, Jim (pastor)

Bible reading plans for 2011

In the sermons on Sunday (the first of 2011), I preached from Colossians 1 and Ephesians 4 and emphasised the need for us to be growing Christians (Col 1:10, Eph 4:15-16). One of the areas of growth is our knowledge of God through his word. If you don’t already do this, I want to encourage you to some systematic reading of God’s word, the bible. You can start at the beginning and plough on through to the end, of course, but most people find that approach quite difficult.

As an alternative, why not consider using a reading plan that helps give some structure to your reading and also gives variety. You can Google “bible reading plans” and will find plenty, but here are a couple of really helpful articles with links to some good plans to suit your timing and taste. Most will have a few sheets for you to print out and keep with your bible or some will use email or blog entries to guide you through.

Whatever you decide or however you do it, the important thing is to actually read God’s word and do so prayerfully, asking God to speak to you.

I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.” Psalm 119 verse 11

Two very helpful articles:

http://www.desiringgod.org/blog/posts/2011-bible-reading-plans

http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/justintaylor/2010/12/31/bible-reading-plans-3

Links to other plans:

http://www.bibleplan.org

http://www.biblegateway.com/resources/readingplans

This is linked from the other Gospel Coalition site above but is worth linking again:

http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/tgc/2010/12/29/two-year-bible-reading-plan/