Talks by Allen Foster

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1 John 3 – this is what love is…

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Allen takes the Feast of Tabernacles on our ‘Harvest and Giving Sunday’ and links this with 1 John 3:16-18. He links Israel’s story and the Feast of Tabernacles with our lived experience of harvest time 60 years ago, encouraging an attitude of thanks-giving, reflecting on what we take for granted in the West today, in […]

Christian Living 2

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The second in a short series of Christian Living, Allen Foster explores Philippians 1:1-11.  During the talk he refers to “Nathan”.  This is Bishop Nathan Amooti who was paying an unplanned visit to St James having arrived in the UK the night before.  Bishop Amooti (from Rwanda) has been a mission partner with St James’ […]

All that Jesus said and did – Matthew 22:1-14

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Allen sets the context for Jesus’ parable(s) of the wedding banquet exploring the meaning of the parable and asking questions from the congregation (some of these are hard to hear but Allen’s replies make clear their questions.  He draws us to understand that all are invited bad and good, that the wedding dress of ‘righteousness’ […]

Generous God

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Allen Foster begins our series on the generosity of God and our response to Him by considering the story of the widow in Mark 12:41-44. Focussing on the poor widow’s offering we learn that God is concerned with our heart’s response and not the amount of our gift. Allen asks us to consider what our […]

Dry Bones (part 2 of 2)

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Allen begins with ‘pictures’ of how we see the Father and the Son, and the difficulty of ‘picturing’ the Spirit.  Ezekiel 37 is the text for his speaking about.  the Spirit under the headings: Resurrection, Renewal, Restoration. From Romans 8 he speaks of a theology of justification.

Dry Bones (part 1 of 2)

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Allen begins with ‘pictures’ of how we see the Father and the Son, and the difficulty of imagining the Spirit.  Ezekiel 37 is the text for his speaking about.  the Spirit under the headings: Resurrection, Renewal, Restoration. From Romans 8 he speaks of a theology of justification.

Epiphany – Jesus, King of the Jews

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Allen explores the geographical and historical context of the ‘Magi” as ‘king-makers’ of the East who come looking for a new-born king. Following the text of Matthew’s Gospel he leads on to ask what the message is for us today. Matthew’s emphasis is Jesus, King of te Jews. Our challenge is enthroning Jesus as ‘king of our lives’ each day. Herod wasn’t concerned to travel 7 ml to Bethlehem, the Magi travelled may be 1700 ml.

If we enthrone Jesus will we give him our treasure? What is our attitude to our possessions? Will we bring our praise and prayer and finally, dying to self, bring our lives?