Our Hope | 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

(Adapted from a sermon first preached in  Hamilton, New Zealand. Feb 2014) Introduction When Thessalonians was written The Apostle Paul was intensely connected to this Church at Thessalonica for it was Paul who had established it (around 49-50 AD) about 2 years before he wrote this letter. We read all about the beginning of this church  […]

Tracing the Road to Gehenna : Conference 2012

Here is the video from last year’s conference. The  transcript is here:  Tracing the Road to Gehenna We should be videoing this year’s conference on the Saturday 11th May  10:45am to 3pm Beasts and Super-beasts feel the Heat Mark your diaries and send in or email your forms please! note also The Gift of Life Workshop by […]

Tracing the Road to Gehenna

(Conditional Immortality Association Conference address May 5th 2012) Introduction Our task for this afternoon is to trace the steps from Genesis through to the development of the NT concept of Gehenna – translated as “hell” in our English Bibles. Many of us will be familiar with the fact that there are also other words which […]

What Happens when we die: The Significance of the Empty Tomb (Part 4)

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What Happens When We Die? Four Tricky NT Passages : Part 3

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What Happens when we die: Between the Testaments (Part 2)

(This was preached at  Hamilton Church of Christ in New Zealand on the 10th April 2011 ) (Luke 16:19 – 31 & Rev 6:9 – 11) Introduction Last Sunday we talked about what God might have meant when he said to Adam and Eve “you will surely die” in Genesis 2:17. We considered all that […]

What Happens when we die: Surveying the Old Testament (Part 1)

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‘He lifted me up and set my Feet upon the Rock’

On the first Sunday of April 1965, at the tender age of 9 months, mother decided the time had come to trundle two older brothers, a reluctant husband, and me off to Saint Matthew’s Anglican Church in Hastings. I don’t recall this, but the vicar K.F. Button sprinkled me with holy water and pronounced me […]