Saturday, October 10, 2015
10 ways to make better announcements in church
12 things successful people never tolerate
10 ways to resolve conflict with your pastor
5 surprising things about churches reaching the next generation
No more excuses
Bake off Britain
The secret to a long life
About not waiting until marriage
Thursday, October 08, 2015
2. The Bishop of London's lecture has been much commented on with good reason. I hope the Diocese of Southwark (the other half of London) might give ear to some of it's lessons as we appear to be in steep attendance decline and financial free-fall (we carried a deficit of nearly £1m last year).
3. Some good thoughts on discipleship
4. Karen's talk on law and grace is a blinder.
5.Three clever pastors chew on the question of suffering.
6.'Praying the bible' has got me immersed in the Psalms anew.
7. Spent the day with J John who has booked the Emirates for a mission
8. A moving and sad story from the Ashley Madison affair (via Mark Meynell)
9. The most important verse in the Bible? Suggestions for alternatives on a postcard please......
10. We have Tom Elliot with us tomorrow at HT Barnes which should be fun.
Sunday, October 04, 2015
Jean Smith told me her story. She was in her mid-sixties. She came from Cwmbran in Wales. She had been blind for sixteen years. She had a white stick, and a guide dog named Tina. An infection had eaten away at the retinas and mirrors behind her eyes – they could not be replaced. She was in constant pain.
Jean went on a local Alpha course. They had a day away to focus on the work of the Holy Spirit. During this time, the pain left. She went to church the following Sunday to thank God. The minister anointed her with oil. As she wiped the oil away she could see the communion table. God had miraculously healed Jean.
She had not seen her husband for sixteen years. She was surprised at how white his beard was! Jean had never even seen her daughter-in-law before. Her six-and-a-half-year-old grandson used to guide her around the puddles to avoid her getting her feet wet.
He said to her, ‘Who done that Gran?’
She replied, ‘Jesus made me better.’
‘I hope you said thank you, Gran.’
‘I will never stop saying thank you,’ she answered.
Saturday, October 03, 2015
The ache I feel as I watch America brings me to tears