Redundant

Can you meet with the Trustees urgently about the financial situation?” “Are we looking at redundancies?” “We need to talk options…” That’s the gist of a conversation I was having a few weeks back.  Like quite a few churches in our context, we’ve been encouraged over the past ten years to see Gospel growth butContinue reading “Redundant”

Is it ever okay to run away?

 What should Christians do when they face opposition and persecution? Well, it’s obvious isn’t it? Christians are to persevere, to stand their ground and to suffer.  Paul talks about how we learn endurance and faith in suffering whilst Peter tells slaves that it is a good thing to suffer for doing good. So when persecutionContinue reading “Is it ever okay to run away?”

Learning to See – That important detail

On a couple of occasions, I’ve been asked for informal advice about a legal matter. Sometimes it has been to do with employment law, once or twice about family law and often to do with immigration and asylum.  Often people start with a lengthy story of every single possible grievance or defence that might haveContinue reading “Learning to See – That important detail”

Learning to see – the full picture

Going back a month or two, you may remember that when asked, Boris Johnson promised that if necessary, the armed forces would be made available to help with the effort against COVID-19. This led to predictable headlines and tweets about troops on the street and people claiming that the Government was using the pandemic asContinue reading “Learning to see – the full picture”

Swallows and Vaccines

Yesterday was a good news day in the battle against COVID-19.  The twin announcements of a mass testing trial in Liverpool and the positive results from vaccine trials were signs op hope.  However, in the Prime Minister’s statement last night, we were reminded by him and the Deputy Chief Medical Officer that there is stillContinue reading “Swallows and Vaccines”

Graciousness in victory and defeat #Election2020

In the early hours of Wednesday morning, President Trump made a short speech, claiming that he had won the US Presidential election and accusing his opponents of attempting to steal the election. On Saturday night, with all States now called, it became clear that in fact Joe Biden had won.  Normal protocol is that theContinue reading “Graciousness in victory and defeat #Election2020”

First Impressions (Learning to see 2)

It started at about lunch time, initially I thought the squiggly line I was seeing was a loose hanging eyebrow or perhaps an eyelash caught in my eye/line of sight. When Sarah got home from work, we confirmed this was not the case.  In any case, I’d not been able to do much ahead ofContinue reading “First Impressions (Learning to see 2)”

Learning to See

Yesterday I paid a visit to Eye casualty.  I was picking up a sort of wormy line in my vision. I suspected it was a floater and those are generally harmless but given I have a pre-existing eye condition and cornea grafts I thought it wise to get things checked out. The doctor confirmed allContinue reading “Learning to See”

Shall we gather? The case for physical gathering may actually prove the opposite!

Before we go any further, I want to make it clear that I prefer to see local churches physically gather in a specific venue. There are so many reasons as to why I believe this is far better than zoom and Facebook. I long for the day when we can gather without restrictions, singing God’sContinue reading “Shall we gather? The case for physical gathering may actually prove the opposite!”

Lockdowns and Christian Witness

Yesterday I explained why I believed that the Church should challenge the current lockdown measures but also why we should comply with them if unsuccessful.  A big part of my argument is the priority of Christian witness. If eschatologically, we are focused on the great gathering of God’s people to come, then yes part ofContinue reading “Lockdowns and Christian Witness”