Pancake Day announcement: Lent series

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I hope you are enjoying tucking into your pancakes. If you are like me, then you probably are in the habit of enjoying this particular day cut off from the moorings of its context as the last day before Lent. The idea was that you used up your eggs, flour, milk and sugar before abstaining… Continue reading Pancake Day announcement: Lent series

Why we don’t want to weaponise prayer

The other day, I wrote about the lady who was arrested for silently praying outside an abortion clinic.  Some commentary made it sound as though a random person, simply passing by and praying had been arrested for a one off, incidental event.  The reality was that their arrest followed a series of actions on their… Continue reading Why we don’t want to weaponise prayer

The man who went up a hill and came down a mountain to chaos

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Which scene in the Bible do you think the heading is referring to?  In Mark 9, Jesus goes up  a hill/mountain with a few of his disciples. There at the summit, there is a revelation of God’s glory, an encounter with The Law (Moses) and The Prophets (Elijah) and God speaks.  When they come down… Continue reading The man who went up a hill and came down a mountain to chaos

How do we make sure that we are not spreading ourselves too thinly?

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The morning, I preached on the feeding of the Five Thousand and I asked two questions. One important, practical question that came out of the sermon application was  “How do we know when to keep going with things and/or to take new things on and when to say no? Can we end up spreading ourselves… Continue reading How do we make sure that we are not spreading ourselves too thinly?

“Come over and help us” Start by praying

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Over the past few days, I’ve been writing a little bit more about how you could partner with us for the Gospel as we seek to see the urban West Midlands reached with the Gospel.  I’m spending a little time on this now because people often use the beginning of the academic year to evaluate… Continue reading “Come over and help us” Start by praying

The Cost of Living Crisis – where’s the call to prayer?

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When the Global pandemic hit, there were many people calling for national days of prayer and fasting.  Specifically, there were people insisting that the pandemic was a sign of God’s judgement on our land and on our churches and so we needed to repent. When Russia invaded Ukraine, there was an almost spontaneous outbreak of… Continue reading The Cost of Living Crisis – where’s the call to prayer?

Why we are doing evangelism for the Commonwealth Games

Today marks the start of the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.  The Commonwealth is an association of countries whose primary relationship is historical through the British Empire and the Queen.  When countries gained their independence the empire evolved into this voluntary association and in that respect provides evidence of how positive relationships are possible despite that… Continue reading Why we are doing evangelism for the Commonwealth Games

Commonwealth Games outreach (prayer update)

Just a quick update on plans for outreach during the Commonwealth Games.  The Commonwealth Games arrive in Birmingham this week with the Queen’s Baton (kind of the alternative to the Olympic Torch) arriving on Sunday and the official opening ceremony on Friday evening.  The Games will conclude on the 8th August with a closing ceremony… Continue reading Commonwealth Games outreach (prayer update)

How can we persevere in prayer for Ukraine?

As the war in Ukraine continues but also slips down the news headlines, it is easy for us to forget about it or at least to allow it to slip down our prayer priorities. Other things take over the news headlines and we become focused on needs nearer home, some such as aspects of the… Continue reading How can we persevere in prayer for Ukraine?