Okay, I was all ready with my article heading about a nu variant and then the WHO threw me a curve ball and called it “omicron” instead. I’ve decided to press on with a small variation to the title. Like me, your social media timeline and news feed has probably been full of stuff about… Continue reading What about the not so Nu variant?
Here’s a guest post from Nay Dawson of IFES and PFE. This week I’ve been encouraging us to re-double our efforts to offer training for Gospel ministry outside of traditional seminary education. Here’s one such opportunity We’re excited to launch The Greenhouse project. A short term training opportunity for women, with a focus on creating… Continue reading Greenhouse mentoring scheme – Passion for Evangelism
If 2020 has taught us one thing, it has been the meaning of “safety” and “being saved.” So often when I write or talk about Jesus as saviour, I have to explain what the word means because I am speaking to people who already live fairly safe and secure lives At this stage I’d normally… Continue reading Jesus, Saviour
Dear friends, readers and subscribers to faithroots, Sarah and I would like to wish everyone a merry Christmas. We arrive at the celebration in very strange times. However, we believe that the message of Christmas and the celebration of a birth 2000 years ago remains central to finding hope in dark days. The light shines… Continue reading Happy Christmas
What a palaver! We were all sorted with our Christmas presents. We’d worked out which ones we needed to post and got Amazon to deliver others directly. We knew that we would be seeing part of the family during the 5 day Christmas relaxations and so we’d bought presents and got them wrapped ready to… Continue reading How silently the wondrous gift is given
Why were shepherds the first people that the good news was announced to? There has been a long standing explanation that goes like this. Shepherds were amongst the poorest and were often despised having a reputation for dishonesty. Therefore, the appearance to them fits with a theme of Jesus being there for the poor and… Continue reading Why Shepherds?
For Starters What is it that you are eagerly awaiting as we come into Christmas. I expect that if you are a 5 year old then it is the promise of a present 3x the size of you! Maybe some of us are looking forward to the promise of a few days off, food, music,… Continue reading A son out of Egypt Hosea 11:1
Many people are frustrated and upset at the sudden U-Turn on Christmas arrangements. Those measures had offered some small reprieve but arrangements for festivities were still going to be minimal and restricted. Now, however, the hashtag #ChristmasIsCancelled is gaining currency. So, it is important to say that Christmas is not cancelled. Now, by this I… Continue reading Christmas is not cancelled
Yesterday I wrote defending the Christmas easing of lockdown. I demonstrated awful timing. By the end of the day, the 5 day period for seeing family was reduced down to Christmas Day itself and only for those who could travel locally Meanwhile, in the south of England a new tier 4 was introduced banning family… Continue reading Pantomime Farce
The UK government has come in for a lot of criticism for its response to COVID-19. Some of it has been spot on, some of it less so and some of it I would suggest completely unfairly. The reality is that a Global pandemic hitting on the back of a decade of austerity was always… Continue reading In defence of the government’s Christmas COVID measures