How should we respond to local/regional COVID-19 hotspots?

Over the last few days attention has begun to focus on a few towns and places where Coronavirus cases are on the increase again. Bolton is increasingly making it into the headlines but there are other places where this is causing concern including Bedford. The other concerning factor is that these increases tend to beContinue reading “How should we respond to local/regional COVID-19 hotspots?”

Complying with COVID measures did not imply a lack of faith

One of the nastiest lies put about through the last year is that anyone who sought to comply with COVID-19 measures such as wearing face masks, social distancing and co-operating with restrictions on church gathering were somehow lacking in faith. If they had enough faith in Jesus, then they would not be worried about deathContinue reading “Complying with COVID measures did not imply a lack of faith”

What lessons will the UK learn from the COVID-19 pandemic?

At some point in the next few months, we can expect the Government to set up a review of the impact that the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic had on the UK and the effectiveness of our response to it. What kinds of things should the review look at? What lessons should we be learning? Here areContinue reading “What lessons will the UK learn from the COVID-19 pandemic?”

After the pandemic -don’t forget about the body of Christ

We are enjoying our new church and particularly the prayer meetings and mid-week community groups. Often at these, one of the elders will pick up on a key thing from the Sunday sermon and encourage us to think about practical application before turning to prayer.  The other Sunday, the speaker had talked about Christ returningContinue reading “After the pandemic -don’t forget about the body of Christ”

COVID-19: What we need to know about a possible third wave

We are currently hearing a lot of speculation about a possible third wave of COVID-19 and why this means we must be cautious about how we come out of lockdown. It has been suggested that if a third wave hits then this could lead to a return to previous restrictions and a longer period ofContinue reading “COVID-19: What we need to know about a possible third wave”

“I don’t just want you to survive ….”

The other day, I talked about how the stand out thing I’d learnt from Mike Ovey was to allow God to disagree with me through his word. Well, one way that God disagreed with me came through Mike’s teaching, though in this case posthumously. After Mike’s untimely death, I remember one former student sharing thatContinue reading ““I don’t just want you to survive ….””

How do we avoid future lockdowns?

Despite the roll out of the vaccine and the gradual easing of lockdown, there’s still a lot of pessimism in the air. Consistently we hear talk about the potential for COVID-19 infections to rise again and further deaths. Whilst the Government are adamant that there is no reason for us to see a reverse ofContinue reading “How do we avoid future lockdowns?”

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”

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”