Knowing our place and where we belong.

  You Are Here. Have you ever been in a strange city and found yourself lost and looking at a map in the main square? You know, one of those maps depicting the street layout, with a little arrow pointing to an area with the words neatly captioned “You are here.” Once you have familiarised yourself with the area you once again stroll off to an art gallery or museum, safe in the knowledge that you have a vague idea of where you are and that the hotel, at least, is in the opposite direction. As a child I loved looking at old maps, those made by explorers or sea… Read More

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Now that Lockdown is Over- What now Church?

For the most part here in the UK, lockdown is over and people are coming out of their self made bunkers and breathing in the fresh air. They are according to the media trying to live in the “new normal” and get their lives back on track.  Getting back on track for them may mean losing the weight they have accumulated over lockdown, or staying fit now that it is over. It may mean relief to shell shocked parents who can at last know that their children will go back to school in their lifetimes. Children can now go wild, knowing that they can see their friends again while silently… Read More

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Christian Leaders Getting the Virus. A Christian homily.

The last few weeks have been eventful. I have come down with the dreaded Coronavirus Covid 19 and survived. I have had a dry irritating cough, a very high fever, shortness of breath and a very tight chest. Along with this I appear to have lost me sense of smell. Fortunately I have no under laying medical conditions and am relatively healthy and fit for my age. Like most Christian Leaders my job revolves around meeting with and interacting with people. Like every Christian I know, I shake hands so it is not surprising that I caught the virus. I have come into contact with the unseen monster of horror… Read More

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Christian Leaders calling the nation to prayer

Last week I listened to the announcement made by Boris Johnson, Prime Minister of the UK, in regards to the Coronavirus. He was surrounded by the scientists and the line was follow these steps and try and be safe. He said it was a once in a lifetime event that the world had not seen in generations. But unlike other Prime Ministers in the past he did not call the nation to prayer. Over the last 12 months we have had as a nation a political decision that divided us and now is the time to heal. The floods we have experienced have been once in a life time events,… Read More

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Young Christian Leaders, The Holy Spirit, Planning and You.

I was reading a number of blogs this last week, where the authors were discussing and disparaging the need for 5 year plans. One of them thought that it was impossible to do any forward planning for churches, because of the inconsistency of human beings and therefore the inability to predict with any certainty the future. The other blogger was a little more circumspect saying that the maximum he could future plan was 2 years. They also discussed the God factor and the need to be open to the moving and working of the Holy Spirit and how human plans interfered with this. Both bloggers were right but both were… Read More

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Young Christian Leaders and how to handle Criticism.

A Spiritual homily. How should you as a young Christian Leader handle Criticism? A simple question that has huge implications for the young leader. Get this wrong and you may well destroy what God has already built. For example, in days gone by the normal way to criticise was to face the person in open debate. It allowed both parties to defend their positions and for people to come to a conclusion as to the critics complaints. Later rather than openly debate they would write a letter to the editor of the local newspaper in order to vent their spleens on a particular topic. However today, the first recourse of… Read More

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Young Christian Leaders Planning for Tomorrow.

One of the hardest things for us to do is to predict the future with any certainty. We may plan for our own lives and what will happen tomorrow or even next week, but it gets harder for us to predict our fortunes the further forward we look. Circumstances in politics in community in our environment may and will change and these things will impact on our lives in some way or other. I remember where I was and what I was doing on December 31st 1999 like it was yesterday, but now 20 years later, I could never have predicted the events that have occurred in my life. Being… Read More

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A seasonal message to take into 2020.

I saw these stats on line and thought them interesting. In the West, this is the season for consumers and is the season to spend huge amounts of money on food and drink, on Christmas presents and puppies that may be abandoned after the festive season is over. My grandchildren get more fun out of the boxes and wrapping paper than they do with the contents. What is interesting though is that much of the earth’s Christian population; do not celebrate with the West in the obsession with consumerism. For them the celebration is not about feasting or buying huge amounts of Alcohol. Nor is it about presents and gifts… Read More

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Young Christian Leaders and the Old.

Are old people irrelevant in today’s church? This question was posed to me in a Christian youth forum that I had been invited to attend. Part of my answer was to say that I believed that old people in the church were no more relevant or irrelevant than they are in secular society. However, in many western societies old people were seen as non-entities or rather as an unseen sector of the community. When challenged to explain I put it this way; The world is getting faster, faster broadband, new faster technology that is unintelligible to older people. The world of older people is a lot slower they are about… Read More

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