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Investing In Friendship For The Long Haul

Investing In Friendship For The Long Haul

Take a look at the beginnings of Luke chapters 9 and 10. Essentially, they’re parallel texts, the details vary slightly here and there … but the only major difference is a number. From chapter nine where Jesus calls the twelve together in order to send them out into...

Scripture Union: Mission Possible

Scripture Union: Mission Possible

From time to time we like to share with you inspiring research which we believe could have a valuable impact in helping us all as we find our way in God's mission to make disciples. One such example is the recent Scripture Union research report 'Mission Possible'. The...

Christmas Is Coming!

Christmas Is Coming!

As a local church minister Christmas haunted me. Not because I don’t like Christmas, I do, but because it is one of the most strategic missional opportunities in the year and at the same time one of the most stressful. I would dread the moment when that ‘well...

Faith Sharer: Carry On

Faith Sharer: Carry On

“Jesus told them a story. A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. So they organised a conference to help them better understand why this happened. Some argued that there needed to be...

Talking Jesus

Talking Jesus

Here at Seventy-two the scripture which propels our endeavours is Luke 10:1-12, the passage in which Jesus sends out the seventy-two to every town and place where Jesus was about to go. From time to time we like to share with you resources and ideas which we believe...

Every space is a place – even church

Every space is a place – even church

There's no denying that third spaces are fantastic places and opportunities to share God's love. I've had the joy of praying for (and with) an atheist at my kitchen table, giving my testimony to a fellow dog walker (he asked!), and sitting with one of God's prodigal...

Big Questions

Big Questions

Do you like asking questions? To question is part of being human, to explore and investigate, to think and seek understanding. Children do it all the time! But when it comes to faith matters, some people come up with questions which seem like massive obstacles to...

Prayer changes things!

Prayer changes things!

Prayer changes things … you know that, I know that, but do our practices demonstrate it? I had reason to go into Accident & Emergency recently, in a great deal of pain. As soon as I’d given my details into reception I felt my phone ping. It was a text from a...

Be an angel

Be an angel

Recently my oldest friend gave a talk where she pointed out that the word ‘evangelism’ has the word ‘angel’ in the middle of it. I’d honestly never noticed that. It’s not accidental, because the verb to evangelise means to do what angels do. We say, ‘be an angel and...

A small opportunity…

A small opportunity…

How big or ‘impressive’ do our mission initiatives need to be before we share them with others? I’m part of a small missional group in the outskirts of Stroud, Gloucestershire. Our aim is to connect with God and with our fellow (local) Christians so that we are...