It is a Crisis – So ‘Carpe Diem’

‘You Should Never Waste a Good Crisis’ Rahm Emanuel                                                 ****** ‘I am not a Prophet or a Prophet’s son’ as Amos said to the 8th Century BC leaders and people of Israel (Chapter 7:14), nevertheless I am going to venture a tentative ‘Prophecy’ (a prayer anyway). The ‘Prophecy’ is that the current Corona Virus … Continue reading It is a Crisis – So ‘Carpe Diem’

Missing the Point

‘If we were doing it the 90s, we shouldn’t be doing it now’                                                 ****** I recently watched a video which showed a debate between proponents of two different approaches to evangelism that their churches were committed to – one was running Evangelistic courses for people wnting to explore Christianity, the other used a ‘One … Continue reading Missing the Point

Time is Love

‘Time is free, but it’s priceless. You can’t own it, but you can use it. You can’t keep it, but you can spend it. Once you’ve lost it you can never get it back.’   Harvey Mackay The statement that “Time is money” is ascribed to Benjamin Franklin, and highlights the value of Time in … Continue reading Time is Love

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 Celtic Way – Our Missional Future?

There is a general assumption (even if subconscious) among members of western churches that the way ‘Church’ is done is the way it has always been done, and so should continue to be done. This is one of the reasons for the change-averse and risk-averse thinking that binds the contemporary western church. This bondage also … Continue reading The Celtic Way – Our Missional Future?

The Stealing of Christmas

 ‘He is stolen and it is not harmless!’ _____________   I entered the large shopping complex and there He was, front, centre and large, enthroned in his palace. There He was, ‘the reason for the season’. The One who is always encouraging the children to come to him, and woe betide anyone who want to … Continue reading The Stealing of Christmas

‘Something Completely Different – A Response to the Crisis’

A booklet with the title ‘Something Completely Different – The Mixed Economy Option’ has been downloadable from the resources section of this site for some time. It provided an analysis of the reasons the contemporary standard model ‘church’ in the West has been failing in missional effectiveness for decades, and suggested that such churches might … Continue reading ‘Something Completely Different – A Response to the Crisis’

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?

Ben’s Story

The story of one man’s encounter with a Missional Community and his ensuing spiritual journey. ****** One of the good things that happened at the recent SEEK Day is that we got a chance to be encouraged by stories. We heard quite a few but one in particular was both encouraging and instructive. This was … Continue reading Ben’s Story