In Times Like This – A Song for the Black Times

In times of trouble such as the world is currently experiencing, when for many it appears that all the foundations and structures of life, all the things upon which they have relied, seem to be in danger of being washed away, people often turn to the Old Testament book of Psalms. The main reason for … Continue reading In Times Like This – A Song for the Black Times

Another Virus

‘               West End Cottage This Cottage was built in 1553’and the following victims of the plague died here Isaac Willson                    January      28th  1666 John  Willson                    February   15th  1666 Deborah Willson               February   17th   1666 Alice Willson                     February   18th   1666 John Thomas Willson        March                1666 Ann Willson                      August 15th        1666 Francis Willson                 August … Continue reading Another Virus

Leadership – for Jungle Mission

’I do not offer pay, provisions, housing but hunger, thirst, marching, battles, death. But if you love your country, not just with your lips, follow me’ Garibaldi                                                                          ****** One of the most notable things of the Victorian era in Britain was the development of the great missionary movements emanating from western countries, notably Britain … Continue reading Leadership – for Jungle Mission

The Hand of God

“Go out into the darkness and put your hand in the Hand of God.  That shall be to you better than light  and safer than a known way.”                                                         ‘God Knows’ – Millie Haskins                                         ******** I was walking along our local beach recently when I encountered a woman with two dogs both of which … Continue reading The Hand of God

Remember the Seven Thousand

One well known Christmas Carol ‘God rest ye merry Gentlemen’ contains the phrase ‘Tidings of Comfort and Joy’ , words that are a more traditional rendering of the Angel’s words to the shepherds on the Judean hills of ‘Good news that will cause great Joy’ in Luke 2:10. It occurs to me that the original meaning … Continue reading Remember the Seven Thousand

The ‘Degradation’ – What About the Children?

I posted an original version of this article about two years ago. However, given the fact that the serious ‘Degrading’ trends in our society have continued apace, I thought it worth posting an updated version as follows.                              ____________________________________                            “Things fall apart; … Continue reading The ‘Degradation’ – What About the Children?

The Thread of Pain

‘Let me sing for my beloved, A love song concerning His vineyard,                         My beloved had a vineyard, On a very fertile hill,             He dug it and cleared it of stones,                     and planted it with the choicest of vines . . . . … Continue reading The Thread of Pain

Welcome to Rome – Again

The Roman Empire was a religiously pluralistic society much like most of the western world today. This meant that people were free to worship the ‘god’ or ‘gods’ of their choice, it was up to each individual. There was one restriction however. This was that no matter what other ‘gods’ were worshipped, one that each … Continue reading Welcome to Rome – Again

The ‘Behind The Scenes’ God

There are times when we can feel very alone in our faith. Where we may be the only Christian in a family who may give us a hard time over what we believe and practice. Or we may be the only Christian in our workplace which can create difficulties too, and in this increasingly Christianity-hostile … Continue reading The ‘Behind The Scenes’ God

When the ‘Main Thing’ Isn’t

The American businessman Stephen Covey was the author of the well-known statement that "The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing." While that was said in the context of business it also is highly relevant to the existence, health and purpose of the church, particularly in the area of Mission. At the … Continue reading When the ‘Main Thing’ Isn’t