I’m trying to wind myself up to vote in our local council elections today. As we’re about to – probably – leave the EU soon, and Westminster is paralysed, and Stormont has been suspended for over two years, it seems like local councillors are our only elected officials who can actually do stuff on our … Read moreVote Kind
So we’re leaving the EU. I’m not impressed by that decision, but we live in a democracy, and I’ve been disappointed by pretty much every election I’ve participated in since I turned 18. Some initial thoughts: pants. flip. a holiday abroad next year is going to be more expensive. bye bye peace money. are we … Read moreBrexit
Last Friday night, as I lay down in a sleeping bag and on an airbed in a church hall, knowing I’d have to get up several times to quieten the boys in the next room, I found my heart and head simply filled with praise to God for the privilege of being there. [‘There’ was … Read moreSoul Mates Weekend 2016
You may have heard of ‘Back to Church Sunday‘ – it started in England about ten years ago, encouraging local churches to have one Sunday a year where every member had the chance to be an evangelist in a low-intensity manner: invite a friend to go to church with them. There was an initial flurry … Read moreInvite, Welcome, Befriend
It may not surprise you that, as a minister of an institution that is pleased to trace its roots back to the beginning, the recent ‘hate religion, love Jesus’ youtube phenomenon has made me a tad uncomfortable – I agree but I still love the Church with all her failures: one of the amazing things … Read moreHate Religion, Love Jesus?
We’ve been working through the Essential 100 Bible Reading Challenge over the past while, and I’ve been posting comments on those passages from time to time through my YouVersion notes. I think I’ll have a look and see if any are worthy of wider bloggage, perhaps with a few tweaks… This is the most recent, … Read moreThe Curse of the Institution
The Twitterati were at work for a second year, using the #chw11 hashtag.If you don’t already follow me on Twitter you can see my username above 🙂 We’re back from another great Castlewellan Holiday Week – well, by ‘back’ I mean ‘still here’ because we stayed in our own home for the second year running. … Read moreRadical, not respectable
By the time I left college I had heard quite a lot about ‘abiding’. There’s a strong emphasis on spiritual formation in Methodist ministerial training,the sense being that you can always read a book about something to learn more facts, but if you aren’t abiding ‘in Christ’ your ministry is going to be fruitless. I … Read moreAbiding
It appears I have been neglecting t’blog, which just won’t do. I haven’t stopped pondering, so why the slowdown in posting I hear you ask? Probably in the main it’s due to Twitter – why bother you with a blog post of a few sentences when 140 characters will do the job? So if you’re … Read moreCatchup
We’re a few weeks into the season of Pentecost but it was only a few days ago that I came across a live broadcast from the BBC that was shown on Pentecost Sunday. It came from Kingsgate Community Church in Peterborough, and was so good it even had Chris Moyles glowing about it 🙂 I … Read moreThat’s the Spirit!