Will War ever cease?

Introduction The First World War was meant to be the war to end all wars. The world was shocked by the extent of cruelty and suffering experienced.  Organisations like The League of Nations and later the UN were meant to bring war to an end. Sadly history tells us that human efforts to bring WorldContinue reading “Will War ever cease?”

Lest We Forget

Today is Remembrance Sunday.  This event happens each year on the Sunday closest to the 11th November.  The 11th, Remembrance Day is also known as Armistice Day. On the 11th November 1918 at 11am, the Armistice was signed marking the end of the First World War. It was supposed to be a war to endContinue reading “Lest We Forget”

Peace (Matthew 8:23-33)

“I just wish things could get back to normal.” Have you heard other people saying that? Have you found yourself saying it too?  If I were to take you back to February and March, how did you feel then? Perhaps you were anxious but there was also the adrenalin of being in this together tooContinue reading “Peace (Matthew 8:23-33)”

What is peace? (Ephesians 2:1-14 and Matthew 8:23-27)

A few years back I was thinking about the nature of church life. I came up with a brilliant phrase to describe it “Messy Church.” “Brilliant,” I thought, “I’ve even got a potential best-selling book title there!” There was just one problem -someone had already coined the phrase to describe midweek children’s and families outreach. Continue reading “What is peace? (Ephesians 2:1-14 and Matthew 8:23-27)”

Happy People – The Peacemakers

What is a peacemaker? We actually have an award for people whom we recognise as peacemakers, the Noble Peace prize. I am not sure however that the prize fully functions effectively.  How do we decide who is a peacemaker? For example, should President Trump be considered a peacemaker? After all he went to meet theContinue reading “Happy People – The Peacemakers”

A strange Easter?

Easter Sunday is going to be weird this year. We are used to celebrating in style. For Bearwood Chapel, Easter means a week long festival including gatherings, a breakfast and communion on Good Friday, children’s clubs and usually some special events such as Arts Days and café nights. Then on Easter Sunday we all gatherContinue reading “A strange Easter?”

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)”