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Love. Obvious right? Well, yes – but, in my experience, this is where the rubber hits the road for the Church. It’s hard not to love jazz funk, really great coffee, marmite, repeat viewings of ‘The a Great Escape’ and my lovely wife and daughters (that is not a list in order of importance by......
The first of the four things young people need from the Church is acceptance. We MUST welcome and accept young people as they are; precious, made-in-the-image-of-God, creative, unique and just incredible. Every single one of them. Our welcome makes a difference. Accepting young people is not simply a nod to their existence, but a welcome......
Do you ever feel you can’t see the wood for the trees? I know that is a cliche – but, in ministry the day can never end (there isn’t a straightforward ‘in’ and ‘out’ tray), you can’t look at people’s lives or mission in a community where so few know Jesus and simply say ‘finished’.......
Don’t be precious about partnership in the gospel. Seriously. God himself is not – at least, not in the ways we might think. Scripture bears this out. In the Old Testament there are some bizarre (to us) partnerships or allegiances with some who were not the right sort to have dealings with – and in......
I have sometimes prepared a bible study for young people and – let me be frank here – just not ‘felt it’. Not at all. Usually this comes from doing stuff in my own strength (which is a rubbish plan at the best of times because I am feeble). There was this one time when......
Sometimes a blog post is just a cathartic exercise for me. I know who I am, I know what God has called me to do and I seek to get on with it – some days it is good to reflect on the years since the call! I heard “the call” when I was 15.......
I have a point of view. I think about things in a certain way; form my opinions based on my understanding of the world. So do you. So does everyone. No two points of view the same. It has been said of God though, that – unlike us, with our points of view- He has......
I entered the world of work in 1986. I started out as an Admin Officer working in a personnel department at RAF Stanmore Park (which was closed in 1997 and turned into houses for those interested). I had NO idea what I would be doing – I was 17, just coming up 18 as I......