The short answer is “no.” In today’s speech, according to reports Vladimir Putin did two things. The first is that he extended the mobilisation and conscription of people into the Russian armed forces. Secondly, he is reported to have said: “Those who try to blackmail us with nuclear weapons should know that the prevailing winds… Continue reading Has Putin just threatened to nuke us?
Yesterday evening it was announced that Queen Elizabeth II had died aged 96. I was in the city centre when the official news came through. Even though we knew she had been increasingly frail and even though we had known through the afternoon that there were health concerns for her and her family were gathering… Continue reading Her Majesty … Our Queen
Well, I’ve finally got round to completing the first draft of “Hope for the city.” This was a little project I kicked off whilst on sabbatical back in 2018. I wanted to think a little more deeply about how we approach mission to our urban contexts. Back at Oak Hill when I was studying there,… Continue reading Hope for the City: Urban Subversive Fulfillment
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One of the things you’ve probably heard/seen me keep talking a lot about is the need to do better at planting churches in communities where there isn’t a meaningful Christian witness. At our church’s recent weekend away, Jonathan Bell talked about us planting “swifter, smaller, simpler.” How are we going to do that? Well, actually… Continue reading Introducing Church in a box
Just a quick update on plans for outreach during the Commonwealth Games. The Commonwealth Games arrive in Birmingham this week with the Queen’s Baton (kind of the alternative to the Olympic Torch) arriving on Sunday and the official opening ceremony on Friday evening. The Games will conclude on the 8th August with a closing ceremony… Continue reading Commonwealth Games outreach (prayer update)
I’ve been sharing regular updates on our journey from Bearwood into “something different” over the past 18 months. Now, we’ve moved to Great Barr, this is probably a good time to finally put some flesh on the bones of what that future appears to look like. A bit of background Over the past decade, I’ve… Continue reading New Horizons – a little more detail
As the war in Ukraine continues but also slips down the news headlines, it is easy for us to forget about it or at least to allow it to slip down our prayer priorities. Other things take over the news headlines and we become focused on needs nearer home, some such as aspects of the… Continue reading How can we persevere in prayer for Ukraine?
Whilst we are moving on and excited about what God has in store with us next, there has been some sadness as we’ve said goodbye to our home and community in Smethwick. We spend 12 years here and grew to love the area. Bearwood and Smethwick will also have a significant place in our hearts.… Continue reading Please keep praying for Bearwood and Smethwick
Well, it’s time to move on. After 12 happy, eventful years, we are leaving the cul-de-sac. It was just before Easter 2010 when we found our house. I’d agreed to join Bearwood Chapel as their pastor. At that stage, we were not sure whether it would be a two or three year contract and Sarah… Continue reading Goodbye Harvest Road