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November update

Vincent Donovan was a missionary who worked among the Masai people of Tanzania.  In May 1966 he wrote to his Bishop about how after 100 years of missionary work building and running hospitals, schools and mission compounds (which by that very term sound more like defensive fortifications than a welcoming oasis)…Read More

Choose or lose

Do you remember the first computer games console, the black and white one with rectangular blocks that you controlled to go up and down to play football, tennis or squash? It had 2 speeds as well. Now you get games on your TV, games on your computer, games on your phone, games in your hand, games in your face…Read More

August update

What can we learn from England’s World cup? Good guys can be respected and win i.e. Gareth Southgate. Waistcoats can be worn. You need to prepare for pressure situations i.e. penalty shootouts. England can win penalty shootouts. Set piece plays are key so good to put some training in. Players can be open and ‘normal’…Read More

Silent witness

Recently when in Chelmsford High St on a Saturday I came across a group of people dressed in plain black, wearing white masks, in a circle facing outwards, holding iPad (other similar electronic devices are available from good retailers) – just standing there.  You could not see unless you went up really close what was…Read More

Summer update

Dan Walker the TV presenter comes over as really nice bloke, a hard worker certainly, combining BBC Breakfast’s early morning starts with late night sport and a man who lives out his faith, for example not working Sundays.  After the recent media headlines about the Royal wedding sermon – who said preaching was past it?…Read More

Spot the difference

Mention evangelistic preaching and many people think still of someone like Billy Graham. With his recent death there have been many stories about him told. My favourite Billy Graham story is one I read by him a while ago. He was visiting a small American town in his early ministry days for a mission. During the day he into the town to go to the…Read More

February update

In a recent survey by Tearfund, 52% of people in the UK of a religion and no religion said they prayed. Over Christmas, 3,900 people in the UK found salvation through internet evangelism according to the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. On 9th and 10 February in Chelmsford, there were two evening concerts after a week…Read More

Dot to Dot

I like this real-life story from a nurse…“One Valentine’s Day, a couple wearing very fancy clothes walked into the maternity ward. They had been on their way to get married, when the woman had suddenly gone into labour. They were very upset because they really wanted to tie the knot before the baby arrived. I asked if they had the…Read More

November update

What message are we supposed to be communicating to people about Christianity – be nice, be good, God loves you, go to church, love people or what? As part of preparation for some training I am going to be doing, I have been looking at different ways different people summarise ‘the gospel’. It is in as many ways as there are grains of sand…Read More