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Smart Journeys

Smart Journeys

Smart motorways used to make me think of the film ‘Independence Day’. You know, the bit when the aliens and the heroes are flying around and then suddenly, they lose control of their spaceships as the mothership brings them in. I like driving, and so I don’t really...
A Booming Mission-Field

A Booming Mission-Field

I was recently asked to comment on a quote. I took the liberty of adding to it and rewriting it so it now reads: “Almost since the 4th Century, one of the greatest failings of the church in the West is that instead of obeying the Great Commission and making disciples...
Fail to plan, plan to fail

Fail to plan, plan to fail

I don’t like this phrase because I’m not a great planner. I tend to nod towards the truth it contains, but then bury it and try and convince myself that I’ll get by. I’m experienced at ‘winging it’. When I listen to God, however, I’m frequently reminded in a whole...
Stop Trying To Grow Your Church

Stop Trying To Grow Your Church

Okay, so I’ve got your attention with that one. But stay with me… A few years ago I heard someone make the observation: ‘Jesus didn’t say, ‘you go build my church’, he said ‘I will build my church; you go and make disciples’ (Matt 16:18; 28:19). I found that a...
Missional Leadership: Hoist Your Sails

Missional Leadership: Hoist Your Sails

We are in the midst of a crisis of leadership. Whilst I have my own perspectives on Brexit, Trump, North Korea, the EU, Russia, etc, right now I’m particularly concerned about my own Baptist family, although this issue spans all the historic denominations in the UK....