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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Apologetics 3: Christ our Best King

Today’s news is that the Charity Commissioners are considering abolishing the right of churches and other Christian groups to claim charitable status.   Charities act in the public good, but churches benefit  themselves, not others, it is argued, and so they cannot claim to be properly charities. QED. Let’s forget for a moment the hundreds

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