I will be honest. When I was given the title and text of the second greatest commandment, I was thinking what more or what new can be said about it? It was for a service aimed for people on the edge of church admittedly but even so. I was of course wrong on 2 counts. Once I started to look again into what loving your neighbour…Read More
With the Coronavirus pandemic, some things we might learn from this are…in no particular order:
The value of human communication in person.
We don’t need human communication in person.
Church is not the building but the people
‘Normal’ church should have more interaction…Read More
Thank you for your interest, support and prayer for my Evangelism consultancy work in 2019. As always with an awareness of and focus on God, it has been a fascinating year. Personally, the biggest change has been a change of job with leaving management in full time education in the summer and starting marketing at…Read More
There’s no need to be afraid. It’s the time of the year when more people attend Church than any other. Is that as a result of more people who usually go to churches inviting those who don’t usually go to church? Might be; might not be; it’s not clear.
It is more likely that more people go to carol services as it is a ‘Christmassy’ thing to do…Read More
I have heard various ways over the years of understanding Jesus when he says that we are the salt of the earth in the Sermon on the Mount (Mat 5 v 13). I have heard that it means we should be making what we say about Jesus interesting, ‘tasty’, linking it with Colossians 4 v 6. I have heard that it means that we should be making sure our lives….Read More
I recently had the privilege of preaching at 3 churches’ services where the aim had been for the church to invite friends, family and neighbours who do not usually go to the church, along. They had been encouraged to think about their relationships, build relationships and pray for those people in the months beforehand….Read More
Recently at work I was talking to a colleague about life and faith – he and I have frequent conversations about this at the end of work days. It had been another tough day in a tough environment with teenagers who are excluded from schools and not engaged with their education, which is a whole other issue. He said “God’s not in here…Read More
Work and rest. Rest and work. What order should they be and does it matter? Reading Making new disciples (Ireland and Booker), I was challenged by the example of Jesus (nothing new there). He had time to speak to people, for example the Samaritan woman at the well in John chapter 4 v 7 – 26. He was not rushing around ticking off…Read More
Big churches are often seen as:
The place to be
The way it should be
For younger people
Having all the resources
Small churches are often seen as…Read More
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