Inspiring Discipleship

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Church Re-imagined

Church Re-imagined

It seems remarkable that it was only six months ago that four representatives of our small Baptist Church in Kirkby Stephen attended the first session of ‘Re:Imagine’ which had been organised by the Northern Baptist Association. Alongside leaders from two other...

Unexpected Blessings

Unexpected Blessings

Years ago there was a shift in my family's life.  An unplanned, unexpected transition. A move from one side of the globe, having been there for years, back to the UK.  I went from feeling like a round peg in a round hole, to feeling like I was in the wrong place and...

Twelve Steps Towards Freedom: Presence

Twelve Steps Towards Freedom: Presence

I’ve always found the Bible a bit odd.  I mean, the beginning and the end.  No, not the kind of questions it raises when placed aside the story of the cosmos told by science.  I always found it odd in that it starts with a story of a garden.  And ends with a story of...

Never Waste A Crisis

Never Waste A Crisis

‘Never waste a crisis’, a quote attributed to Winston Churchill, is something I’ve heard a few times in recent months. Listening for the voice of the Spirit amidst the myriad of voices clamouring for our attention in the midst of the pandemic, has not always been...

Real Change

Real Change

I’ve recently read Graham Greene’s powerful novel, Brighton Rock. At the heart of the book is the question, can a person truly change? Can someone who is evil become good? At one point two of the central characters, Rose and Ida, talk about this. In response to Rose’s...

Looking in the Mirror

Looking in the Mirror

The image of Donald Trump posing with a Bible outside a church building in Washington DC has seared itself into people’s consciousness. It’s been everywhere on news media and on social media and it’s been much discussed. To make the photo-op possible, crowds...

Twelve Steps Towards Freedom: Endure

Twelve Steps Towards Freedom: Endure

I was supposed to be on sabbatical till the end of this month.  But the restrictions on travel as well as the pastoral and missional demands of the COVID-19 lockdown has meant it rightly needed to be delayed.  No, I’m not asking for sympathy.  As God reminded me a few...

God of Justice

God of Justice

God is a God of justice and he calls us to reflect this in our discipleship. Put simply, as disciples of Jesus, we are called to be a people of justice. We often fail to recognise this. When I was writing my book on discipleship, I set out to expound Micah 6.8. The...

The Upside Down Kingdom

The Upside Down Kingdom

2 Corinthians 11:16-33. Take a moment to read the passage. Strength in weakness is an overarching theme in 2 Corinthians. We see it when Paul talks about his thorn in the flesh, the subject of last week’s reflection. We see it when he speaks of how the treasure of the...

Strength in Weakness

Strength in Weakness

2 Corinthians 12:1-21 Have you felt weak at any time since lockdown began? I’d be very surprised if the answer was ‘no’. Perhaps you feel physically weak because you’ve actually contracted Covid 19. Perhaps you’ve felt physically unwell for another reason. It may be...