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This year's EMA will take place from 8th - 10th July 2014 with speakers including Mike Cain, John Woodhouse and Sinclair Ferguson.

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The Proclaimer

by Adrian Reynolds
Friday, April 18, 2014 - 07:49

I stand in a long tradition of grumpy Christians who think we don't need festivals to celebrate key Christian doctrines. We should be doing it all the time. The early church met the first day of the week every week because that is the day when Jesus rose from the grave. So, I don't mind singing "Thine be the glory" at Christmas. And I certainly have chosen "Hark the herald angels sing" in the summer.

Bah, humbug. Or whatever the Easter equivalent is.

Nevertheless, I'm happy to have a few days off work with family and church family. And so, there's nothing here from us for a few days. Enjoy your break. And rejoice as you celebrate what you celebrate every Sunday - the justifying death and glorious resurrection of the Eternal Son of God.

He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification.

by Adrian Reynolds
Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 07:45

You may have heard the news last week of the tragic death of Peaches Geldof, one of the children of Bob Geldof and the late Paula Yates. Cause of death is uncertain at the moment, but it looks remarkably like suicide. Bob Geldof's words express the reality of hopeless grief: The family are "beyond pain" he said. One newspaper headline caught my eye.

This is London's free rag. The headline sparked some controversy. But it did get me thinking about how we encourage the bereaved and made me realise - once again - that a lot of our bereavement counselling takes this kind of reuniting line. "At least you'll see him again..." we might say. Or perhaps we might silently endorse someone who says something similar about the loss of a loved one.

Without wanting to sound too callous, I think that is pastorally harmful. I know that in the midst of grief we hold onto any hope we can get. But that kind of advice is both pastorally unhelpful and theologically misguided.

  • It is pastorally unhelpful because if we allow it to stand unchallenged, the rest of the bereaved person's life is about waiting for death with an eager anticipation. It does not really allow someone to grieve and move on, which is what we should be encouraging. At its worst, especially in the young, it may even encourage ideas of taking one's own life in order to speed the reunion process.
  • It is theologically misguided because reunion is not a biblical paradigm, except where the reunion is with Christ. I have no doubt I will recognise people in the new creation, but the defining glory of that new place will be "with Christ." There will be no marriage. Earthly relationships will be surpassed. I will relate to you, dead reader, better then than I do to my wife now. And that's saying something. If we let the reunion model of grief stand then we detract from the reality of what is "better by far."

I hope that doesn't sound cold. I firmly believe that it is ultimately better than any earthly reunion. So it must be for our good.

by Adrian Reynolds
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 07:35

As usual, I read through the passage before starting my sermon preparation. As I did so, it struck me forcibly that this passage could perhaps be structured in a certain way. I wasn’t sure, but it was a nagging doubt. ‘Wow!’ I thought to myself. If that is true, then it needs to be a centre point of my sermon and I need to let the congregation see how wonderfully constructed this little narrative is. Never mind bookends! I’ve found a chiasm. But it needed work. So I gave much of my sermon preparation over to developing the structure and working out my headings to reflect the chiastic nature of the story. Then – Bingo! I got it. Much celebration, running round the house, star jumps, making of coffee etc. But had I got it exactly right? It needed more work, and more work I gave it. However, a curious thing happened. The more I worked on it, the more confusing it seemed to be. ‘This will just befuddle people,’ I thought. It’s one thing using this Hebrew structure to help me understand the passage, but it can’t be my sermon. So, reluctantly, I rejected the chiasm as a sermon structure. Back to square one. As usual, I read through the passage before starting my sermon preparation.

A    I read the passage
    B    I thought I saw a chiasm
        C    I thought, ‘My people need to hear this!’
            D    I spent several hours working out the chiasm
                E    I found it!
            D'   I spent several more hours fine tuning the chiasm
        C'   I thought, ‘This will just confuse people’
    B'   I rejected the chiasm
A'   I read the passage. Again.

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Started in 1991, PT Cornhill exists primarily to train preachers, as well as equipping men and women to teach the Bible in other contexts, such as youth/children's work and women's ministry.
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