• ‘The Household of Faith’ (Part 8)

    I do smile when people speak about getting back to being like the church in the New Testament. I do so because not only is it impossible but it is also a huge exercise in missing the point of why the New Testament was written. As I’ve said before, the

  • ‘The Household of Faith’ (Part 7)

    What is your meal time like? When I ask this question, so many things come to mind. I think about my own childhood, or when I was a student, or first married, or the years when our children were young or not so quite young and now when three generations

  • ‘The Household of Faith’ (Part 6)

    As we’ve read through Acts I’ve picked out how Households played a key role in the life and vitality of the church. The instancing of Acts 2, 4 and 8 are samples that demonstrated how important Households were for the spread of the church through Judea and Samaria and this

  • ‘The Household of Faith’ (Part 5)

    I have never seen Anne Frank’s house but I know it is a house with a secret. Today this secret is hardly a secret anymore as we all know about the hidden room used to hide Jews from the Nazis. It is a story of a Household daring to face

  • “The Household of Faith” (Part 4)

    There is one thing I can almost guarantee and that is that you’re reading this at home. It’s not because of special revelation or guesswork, but because we’re in lockdown and so where else would you be? But there is something I don’t know and that is the question of

  • ‘The Household of Faith’ (Part 3)

    In my last blog I reminded you that we all live in a multi-coloured and multi-layered environment called the ‘oikos’ or ‘household’. This vibrant life giving environment acted as the nursery for the early church. In Acts 2, after the outpouring of the Spirit on the church at Pentecost, we

  • ‘The Household of Faith’ (Part 2)

    Did you know that I can be annoying at times (it’s true!!) and I blame Bill Bryson entirely for it. This is because when I’m reading Bryson I will interrupt Gilli reading, a dangerous thing to do, to pass on one of his ‘laugh-out-loud’ gems. One of the reasons I

  • ‘The Household of Faith’ (Part 1)

    If Jesus is the foundation of this Church, who, or rather what, are its building blocks? No doubt you’re being rightly cautious since the answer seems so obvious and no doubt you’re wondering if I’m being my usual sneaky self. Well, if you said it is individuals who have professed

  • ‘Pardon? Can you say that again please?’ (Part 3)

    In 1871 when the church was rebuilt it looked no different from how it had looked before. Even though it looked no different, the people who gathered there had certainly changed. They were different because of the challenge of deciding to dismantle, to number, to move and to rebuild their

  • ‘Pardon? Can you say that again please?’ (Part 2)

    One of the consequences of my thinking over and over something, which also includes discussing it out loud, is that it can appear to be just a lot of talking and not a lot of doing. I am very grateful to the Leadership Team for creating such an open ended