Getting out of lockdown: Between idealism and pragmatism

Followers of Faithroots will know that I’ve been pushing hard at the question “Is there a way of helping us get back to full in person corporate worship sooner rather than later.”  That is the context for any discussion on the proposed vaccine/immunity passporting scheme.  Now, I want to be clear here that my longContinue reading “Getting out of lockdown: Between idealism and pragmatism”

So how do we get back to in person gatherings for ALL sooner?

This is a follow up article to this morning’s article on Vaccine passports.  My aim in writing that article was to get us thinking about how we open up for in person meeting sooner, with the aim for all who wish to gather in person to do so. My aim is to enable church familiesContinue reading “So how do we get back to in person gatherings for ALL sooner?”

Vaccine Passports – what are our priorities?

There’s ongoing debate about the pros and cons of Vaccine passports. The concerns are particularly coming from those who see such measures as an assault on individual liberties. This means that we’ve seen some Christian leaders speaking out against them. The fear cited is that such measures will lead to people being excluded from churchContinue reading “Vaccine Passports – what are our priorities?”

It’s not just whether we get out of the pandemic but how that matters

The British approach to vaccine roll out has on one level been impressive. There were two important decisions made. The first was to go in early and negotiate contracts to ensure a good supply of the vaccine. The second was the calculated risk to extend the period between first and second dose in order toContinue reading “It’s not just whether we get out of the pandemic but how that matters”

A COVID-19 opportunity – more Scripture in corporate worship

There has been a little progress this week in regards to corporate worship.  From Sunday it will be possible to include a small choir as part of public worship and for a congregation to sing outside of the building. These are small baby steps but hopefully they will help us move towards normality again. However,Continue reading “A COVID-19 opportunity – more Scripture in corporate worship”

Emergency powers and coronavirus -saving lives whilst protecting freedoms

There have been two significant decisions this week concerning the pandemic. The first took place in a Scottish court where the closure of churches in Scotland during the latest lockdown was ruled unlawful.  The second was the vote at Parliament to renew emergency powers for another 6 months. Now, both decisions have elicited a rangeContinue reading “Emergency powers and coronavirus -saving lives whilst protecting freedoms”

How are you doing with your worry?

A year ago as we began to move into the first lockdown, I broadcast my first YouTube video “Don’t Worry.” A year on I’ve returned to the them of worry. In the latest video, I talk about 3 voices not to listen to in order to help us avoid anxiety Legalistic Voices Licentious voices SuperstitiousContinue reading “How are you doing with your worry?”

The thing I hate most about the response to COVID-19

As we move towards the first anniversary of lockdown, I’m taking a little bit of time just to reflect back on the past year and share some observations. At this stage back in 2020 we had not gone into full lockdown but we were increasingly seeing strict measures introduced. Those with symptoms and their familiesContinue reading “The thing I hate most about the response to COVID-19”

A year in lockdown – was it worth it?

What were you doing this time last year?  I was running a temperature and fighting a dry cough.  That’s right I’d gone down with COVID-19.   The result was that I was going to stay at home.  I’d hoped initially that it was just a cold but through the day, it became clearer that it wasn’t.Continue reading “A year in lockdown – was it worth it?”

A post coronavirus church planting strategy

I’m continuing to try and encourage people to think about future church planting. I realise that after the pandemic a lot of us will be looking at the fragile state of churches and the temptation will be to go into maintenance mode.  I hope we won’t do that. There remains a great need out there.Continue reading “A post coronavirus church planting strategy”