A blank canvas

The Culture section of my Sunday paper covers the same things every week: plays and music, opera and ballet, books, movies and the rest.  And only very rarely is anything remotely Christian covered. Which a moment’s reflection would show, is very odd. Because, before the last half century, any artistic contribution only made sense with

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Bonsai!

The gospel is all about growth.  Jesus’ kingdom will be one over every tribe, nation and language. The earth will be filled with his glory as the oceans cover the sea. He told parables about growing plants, frothing yeast, bursting wineskins, full harvests – did he tell any about decline? That means the gospel grows

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Side-by-side

I’ve been spending a bit of time recently with some local volunteers.  Non-Christian volunteers, working for a secular organisation.  And I’ve been rolling up my sleeves and being a volunteer too.  A bit – not as much as them. The result is that I’ve been able to talk to them, as we’ve been doing stuff

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I wish it could be Christmas every day!

As a preacher I often find myself quite constrained at this time of year.  There are some brilliant preaching opportunities coming round the corner (Carols, Christingle, Crib service, Midnight, Christmas Day), but they have quite a predictable shape to them.  Carols: fifteen minute, punchy and throught-provoking evangelism. Christmas Day: fifteen minutes if I can hold

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The S-curve (1) – why your church might be like Ayers Rock

The ‘S’ curve. So many things seem to follow this shape that it’s easy to think it’s entirely and irresistibly natural. Mathematicians call it a Sigmoid curve – a horizontal line lifts up, and then gently falls. In the next few blog posts I want to think about some aspects of it for gospel ministry, so

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