Author Archives: jamespetticrew

MORE THAN WHAT???

In theological college in a class about pastoral work as an assignment we were given certain scenarios about things happening in people’s lives. Then we had to write a letter to them as their pastor to address the issues and … Continue reading

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ITS TIME TO MOVE FROM MILK TO MATURITY

If you are a parent, I wonder what you would have done if one of your children as a baby had resisted eating solid food and wanted to keep with a diet of just milk?  I am pretty certain that … Continue reading

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HOW TO BE LED BY THE SPIRIT? or Take Me To Your Leader

This week I spent a morning in prayer and as part of that I prayed that I and our church would be “led by the Spirit.” Its  clear  from Scripture that being led by the Spirit is pretty fundamental to … Continue reading

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MY UNSUNG HERO OF THE BIBLE

There are lots of candidates for being unsung heroes in the Bible, that is people who did incredible things but rarely get the recognition that other characters in the Bible do. My favourite unsung hero, in the sense of being … Continue reading

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CHRISTIANITY AND THE MILITARY: How Did We Go From Rejecting To Celebrating Military Service? Should we have?

I want to make a few points before I start. Firstly, the sentiments expressed here are mine and not those of the church I pastor. Secondly, this is not an attack on the USA, other countries also mix Christianity and … Continue reading

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DO YOU HAVE A PRAYER LIFE OR A PRAYING LIFE ?

I’ve been thinking a lot recently about my “prayer life” and probably like most people experiencing a mixture of frustration, guilt, and desire. I am frustrated that my prayer life isn’t more meaningful, guilty that it isn’t more disciplined, and … Continue reading

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HOW DO WE ANSWER PEOPLE WHO SAY CHRISTIANITY IS BAD FOR SOCIETY?

I was searching the data base I use for something when I came across a note, I had made of three questions that I used a few years ago to help a church reflect both on their lives as disciples … Continue reading

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WESTLAKE: WARSHIP OR CRUISE SHIP?

I grew up next to the River Clyde in Scotland one of, if not the, greatest shipbuilding areas in the world. In the middle of 20th century, it was reckoned one fifth of all the ships in the world were … Continue reading

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PRAYER …. More about WHO than HOW

I have been reading and reflecting a lot about prayer recently. Reading stuff online, reading books and listening to sermons etc. Something has really struck me about a great deal of this material about prayer. Most of it seems focused … Continue reading

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PAUL DISTILLED …. Book recommendation

As a working and preaching pastor I face I dilemma. I want to keep up with the latest developments in biblical studies for my professional development but more importantly to help me get a deeper grasp on the meaning of … Continue reading

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