Were we prepared?

I remember the pastor of a church I used to attend commenting that rarely when people are in the midst of the crisis is that the time to try and teach them how to face the situation.  Rather, if we are going to get through the challenge of a health, work or relationship crisis thenContinue reading “Were we prepared?”

This isn’t the pandemic we were expecting

Whilst pandemics are frightening things we dread, when one strikes it can send a bit of an adrenaline rush can’t it?  That’s why we have been hooked by films and TV dramas like 28 Days Later and the Last Ship. Did the adrenaline kick in for you just a little bit back in February/March whenContinue reading “This isn’t the pandemic we were expecting”

My grandad’s testimony – leaving it late

A few days ago, I talked about my grandad in one of our YouTube videos.  As you will have seen from his photograph, granddad was tall and strong (he’s the bloke at the back in the middle). He served in the East Yorkshire Regiment, including tours of India and China. He was a boxing championContinue reading “My grandad’s testimony – leaving it late”

The risk of idolatry when it comes to death

I wrote here, that seeking to subdue COVID-19 did not amount to idolatry but was in fact a legitimate following of the Creation mandate.  This attracted a lot of debate. Surprisingly, so far I’ve not had anyone interact with my exposition of Scripture. Rather, people have focused on seeking to argue that the Government areContinue reading “The risk of idolatry when it comes to death”

Being Salty – We hide our light when …

“Witness … and where necessary use words.” It was one of the most over used, cliched and patently false little sayings doing the rounds when I was at uni.  I think people also tried, without factual evidence to attribute it to St Francis of Assisi. The point is that you always, always need to useContinue reading “Being Salty – We hide our light when …”

Lessons in lockdown 1. Reach and Engagement are not the same

In the early days of lockdown, people were quickly talking about a possible revival. Surveys suggested that a high percentage of people had accessed online church content, the number of views of our Facebook and Youtube streams were double, if not quadruple our normal Sunday morning attendance. The problem is that there is a hugeContinue reading “Lessons in lockdown 1. Reach and Engagement are not the same”

Witnesses (Revelation 10 – 11)

Chairman Mao’s cultural revolution saw the expulsion of missionaries from China, a crack down against the underground church and the closer of official churches. For many years, we were really in the dark about what was happening in China.  Then when Deng Xiao Ping began to open up again, we were amazed to see thatContinue reading “Witnesses (Revelation 10 – 11)”

Food from around the worldwide web

Evangelism and discipleship must advance side by side – We are going to be talking to Jeremy Marshall on #AfternoonTea today. Here he is interacting with another friend, Steve Kneale about evangelism and discipleship. Responding to Dominic Cummings The news in the UK this week has been dominated by the Dominic Cummings affair. Here areContinue reading “Food from around the worldwide web”

A Code to live by?

The long running hit US drama NCIS revolves around the central character, Leroy Jethro Gibbs. Gibbs is both a hero and a troubled soul. Before joining the federal agency, he had been in the marines and whilst on active service left his wife Shannon and daughter Kelly at home. One day, he returned from dutyContinue reading “A Code to live by?”