#ProjectHope – church planting post pandemic

One of the things we’ve talked about quite a bit over the past 8 or 9 months is the expectation that a proportion of people will not be returning to our churches after Coronavirus.  In the early heady days of online content, it was easy to get carried away with the high viewing figures forContinue reading “#ProjectHope – church planting post pandemic”

#SummerReallyIsComing

At the start of Coronavirus I talked often about how we may be going through a winter season of shutdowns  and lockdowns but summer was coming. There would be a day when things would change, when the virus would recede and we would be able to break lockdown.  #SummerIsComing I said. Well, summer came andContinue reading “#SummerReallyIsComing”

Why I’m in favour of COVID Passports (with one essential provision)

The big debate over the past few days has been as to whether or not the Government should allow COVID-19 vaccine passports. In other words, should people be required to supply proof that they have received a vaccine before participating in certain activities. There have been three arguments made against this. The first is aContinue reading “Why I’m in favour of COVID Passports (with one essential provision)”

Why the COVID Vaccine or a possible vaccine passport probably are not the mark of the beast

In a dystopian world, Gill Bates, tech multi-billionaire and founder of UberTough, the IT giant, has designed a vaccine that will alter your DNA, this mark will be inserted into your arm (close to your hand right) and to prove you’ve had it, you will also have to have a digital passport based on facialContinue reading “Why the COVID Vaccine or a possible vaccine passport probably are not the mark of the beast”

Beasts, Dragons and a COVID vaccine passport

What if someone with a lot of wealth, tech no and power, maybe someone with a name like Gill Bates was able to get a vaccine into you that changed your DNA? What if the authorities insisted we had a digital passport to prove we had been vaccinated or tested. Isn’t that like the markContinue reading “Beasts, Dragons and a COVID vaccine passport”

One step forward? Let’s hope it’s not two back

So, the Prime Minister has announced the roadmap route out of lockdown, arguing that it is a cautious route but hopefully irreversible. Much of what he said had already been leaked in advance and that’s something we keep saying needs to change but is unlikely to. The leaking of actual measures was not helped byContinue reading “One step forward? Let’s hope it’s not two back”

Is it too early to come out of lockdown?

Understandably, there is still some nervousness about whether or not we should be coming out of the current lockdown just yet or whether it is too soon.  I thought it might be helpful to have a look at the available data. The key information is as follows.  First of all, the rolling 7 day averageContinue reading “Is it too early to come out of lockdown?”

I didn’t expect to need to know that

It’s been wryly noted that we suddenly have become experts in virology and epidemiology.  Two years ago many of us didn’t even know that epidemiology existed. Today, we use terms like “R rate” freely and talk confidently about the impact of this or that variant and the efficacy of different NPIs. Similarly, I remember atContinue reading “I didn’t expect to need to know that”

COVID and Cold Contact Evangelism

I’ve been writing about how we go about building back our outreach as we move out of lockdown. In a recent post, I wrote that I didn’t think we should rush to put back some of of our traditional outreach ministries such as children’s clubs and Toddlers groups.  The reason for this is that weContinue reading “COVID and Cold Contact Evangelism”

Long COVID and long lockdown

A number of people have reported long term symptoms after suffering from COVID-19. This has led to the term “long COVID” being coined.  The symptoms observed include:[1] extreme tiredness (fatigue) shortness of breath chest pain or tightness problems with memory and concentration (“brain fog”) difficulty sleeping (insomnia) heart palpitations dizziness pins and needles joint painContinue reading “Long COVID and long lockdown”