Spring is upon us….

Spring is upon us….

Spring is upon us, although I’m still needing to scrape ice off my car windscreen some mornings. We often talk about ‘signs of spring’ and right now, living in the countryside as I do, I can see them all around me: flowers, birds, hedgerows are all displaying signs...
Loitering with intent

Loitering with intent

I had a chat with the local Anglican Mission worker yesterday in his last week before moving into a new role. Ever since he arrived I’ve found him to be a kindred spirit. One of the things that united us was how we engaged with community, but what I call...
Forging Ahead?

Forging Ahead?

We talk a lot about ‘finding our way in the mission of God’, which is becoming a bit of a strap-line for many of us engaging in the ‘missional conversation’ and across the growing Seventy-two network, but it can all sound akin to a jargon-filled Civil Service manual...
Let’s talk statistics

Let’s talk statistics

I’ve been asked if there’s anything that I think Baptist Christians might need to take notice of, or respond to, in two recent articles in The Guardian, both of them putting a spotlight on the Church of England. The first article poses the challenge: ‘modern churches...
Tackling Goliath

Tackling Goliath

  The task of reaching the UK for Jesus seems an increasingly gargantuan one, doesn’t it? Especially when we’re dimly aware of all those demoralising stats about the decline in UK church attendance and the such like. It’s hard to get motivated under such a heavy...
Mission: Why do we bother?

Mission: Why do we bother?

Obedience is key for me as a believer. Obedience took us as a family thousands of miles to Central Asia for many years and obedience kept us at the frontline when we had to return home. Obedience moved us to church leadership and obedience moved us on to where we are...