Infusing Culture

Making a kingdom difference wherever God has placed you. Be encouraged and encourage others to do the same.

Jesus calls us to be salt and light, change agents of the kingdom of God. We like the metaphor of infusing, mainly because much of Seventy-two has emerged from conversation over good coffee!

We are now living within a post-modern secular cultural environment, which is increasingly challenging for Christians. Within living memory, the UK has shifted from regarding Christianity as the provider of a beneficial legacy, the values of which were for our benefit and blessing, to a constraining influence to be broken free from. Jesus, however, talks about being set free and providing life in all its fulness. Seventy-two encourages you to live out the life of Jesus wherever you are.

Infusing Culture Articles and Resources

Holding the Light – Big Screens or small torches?

Holding the Light – Big Screens or small torches?

It was just a couple of days earlier that I had been exploring with one of our NWBA churches, the Gospel story of Jesus and the hungry crowd. But as I now sat in Hyde Park, with our late Queen's funeral being broadcasted to any ever-growing throng - it struck me that...

The Power of Presence

The Power of Presence

My friend was recently sharing with me his experience of serving as a chaplain to the queue to those attending the Queen’s Lying-in-State. As well as it being a deeply moving experience and the opportunities to listen, pray and care, he commented on the fact that...

Compassion, Mission and the Heart of God

Compassion, Mission and the Heart of God

I prayed a prayer at the beginning of January over a cup of good coffee, journal in hand, as I looked ahead into 2022: Lord, how do we serve and reach out effectively for you when we’re nearly two years into a pandemic? I’m still praying and digesting that prayerful...

Shine Like Stars

Shine Like Stars

“Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the word of life” Philippians 2:15-16 As the seasons change at this time of year it is easy to feel the gloom descend.  Packing away the summer clothes, turning on the central heating &...

What song do you sing?

What song do you sing?

Now there were some Greeks among those who went up to worship at the festival. They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, with a request. ‘Sir,’ they said, ‘we would like to see Jesus.’ John 12:20-33 Earlier this year we heard about a rare bird that had...

Riding the Next Wave

Riding the Next Wave

I’m not a surfer but I did grow up by the sea and I have always enjoyed riding a wave by body boarding. I understand that the best surfers are those who know which are the best waves to ride. They patiently watch the horizon to learn the language of the sea before...

There’s A Manger Over There

There’s A Manger Over There

I was struck by an idea for advent, which a college friend had tried in her locality. It would include attaining a life size manger and placing it in locations around the local community to be seen by passers-by, to inspire a thought or a conversation. A picture of...

Have we forgotten the poor?

Have we forgotten the poor?

One of my former Deacons used to pray “break our hearts for what breaks yours". I remember while prayer walking Devonport, where I minister, with him and seeing the poverty and knowing that it breaks the heart of God. A few days ago Carl Beech Tweeted “There are two...