‘ 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
‘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
When we take holidays that usually means we do some travelling. As we do so we usually take the opportunity to visit a local church or two wherever we might be staying. On a recent trip we ended up visiting a church (disguised in this post) where some friends are regular attenders. We have visited … Continue reading An Inconvenient Question!
‘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
“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
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
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?
‘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
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’
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?