Adultery and the forbidden woman

There is nothing more devastating than adultery. The discovery that the person you trusted your life to was living a lie, the  fear, guilt and shame that it was in fact failure on your part, the destruction that comes as a dad or mum walks out refusing to heed the pitiful cry of their childrenContinue reading “Adultery and the forbidden woman”

Disinfectant for the Soul

So Donald Trump has suggested that perhaps if we try injecting disinfectant into people it will cure COVID-19. It’s one of those moments where his minders must have been thinking “Oh… no” and everyone else wasn’t sure whether to laugh or cry. A good part of me leans towards the latter. I remember saying toContinue reading “Disinfectant for the Soul”

The absence of mourning?

A few years ago, one of our young mums had sad news, her sister back in her home country had died. Due to her immigration circumstances, she could not return for the funeral. So, we offered the opportunity for a memorial service here.  It hopefully eased the pain but clearly was not the same asContinue reading “The absence of mourning?”

The ugliness of death

Yesterday, Steve Kneale reported on new restrictions concerning burials and funerals that are being imposed in West Yorkshire. Grave-side mourners will be limited to 10 maximum (nb it is 6 here in Sandwell) but now, no mourners will be allowed at the Crematorium. Instead the Council will offer “direct cremations” with no mourners present andContinue reading “The ugliness of death”

Going Home (Part 2)

We are running a little series of videos on our You Tube Channel, Faithroots Bearwood Chapel based on John 14. In today’s post we look at the question of Assurance. Jesus’ promise that there is “more than enough room” points to God’s lavish grace. We do not need to worry that he is looking forContinue reading “Going Home (Part 2)”

There is more than one way to die

One of the oldest military tricks in the book is to give the appearance that the attacking army is concentrated in one place. Whilst those defending focus all their attention on where the attack is coming from, the enemy sneaks round the back. There is more than one way to die.  Coronavirus has sadly ledContinue reading “There is more than one way to die”