Will I be better next year?

Will I be better next year?

Do you plan to grow as a disciple of Jesus next year? I always take some time out, at the beginning of each year, to plan in what I sense need to be my priorities for the year ahead. If the time I need to do that wasn’t already in my diary it wouldn’t happen. The...
Hope 23-24

Hope 23-24

My conviction is Hope 23-24 presents every Baptist church with a tremendous opportunity. It’s a big vision – uniting as a church across denominations and organisations to offer the hope of Jesus again to our nation starting September 2023. It’s a real privilege to be...
Baptists are inherently Evangelical

Baptists are inherently Evangelical

Every Baptist Church, belonging to the Baptist Union, has at some stage of its development, freely chosen to opt into a mutual understanding of what it means to be churches in covenant together. That’s the history and background for the overwhelming majority of...
Mission in times of economic uncertainty

Mission in times of economic uncertainty

Sometimes there is simply no escaping the news. Whether I choose to listen or not, the media drum resounds somewhere in my subconscious perception, resisting my every effort to nullify its influence and raise destructive sound waves of faith in opposition. “Cost of...
The Right Place at the Right Time

The Right Place at the Right Time

Have you ever been to some of the places where Jesus, His disciples or bible characters actually walked? At the beginning of the year, I was in Jordan standing on the same mountain that Moses stood on, overlooking the “promised land”. It’s amazing how the bible...
Too Lazy?

Too Lazy?

My hunch is nearly everyone you consider to be a part of your church wants to draw closer to God, wants to be purposeful in following Jesus, wants to live a fruitful life. The problem is that many of us are lazy and often just can’t be bothered. How do I know that?...
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...
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...
Our Christian Hope

Our Christian Hope

I’ve been involved with leading churches for more than thirty-five years, but it’s never been easier to talk with people about death and the issues it raises for them, since the dawn of the pandemic. Now the death of our Queen Elizabeth II has raised the awareness of...
Helicopter or Roulette Wheel?

Helicopter or Roulette Wheel?

The place of gathered worship in mission Reflections on Father James Mallon’s book, Divine Renovation: Bringing your Parish from Maintenance to Mission “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy...