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

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

An Inconvenient Question!

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 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?