Surgery for cancer slowed me right down and taught me lessons about patience that I don’t want to lose as I speed up again.
I had two heroes last year, both called Mark. Mark Ruston was the vicar of ‘The Round Church’ (Holy Sepulchre) in Cambridge, decades ago, and had an internationally influential student ministry built largely on the old-fashioned ministries of prayer, preaching, and personal work (that is, reading the Bible with individuals). Solid stuff – I only met
I’ve had it with the Bible being quoted at me. Or, to be more accurate, I’ve had it when I have the Bible misquoted at me. It’s not just tactless, it’s spiritually damaging, because it makes God seem to promise something which he doesn’t – and then we get angry with him for not delivering
Christians need church – and I take it you know what I mean by that. All Christians need the sustaining power of God’s Word preached, prayers, fellowship, relationship, and praise -what we sometimes call ‘the means of grace’. We can structure those formally or informally, scale them up or down, make them contemporary or trad,
The first task I had to do was unexpectedly hard. I had to clear my diary. Once the penny dropped about how much of 2015 was going to be unavailable for me to do anything much (or, as it turned out, anything at all), I had to go through the year and let people down.
My blog has been relatively quiet lately, but I intend to pick up the pace a bit because I have a new edge. Up till now I’ve had a few reliable reasons to write. When I was a lecturer training pastors, there were frequent stimulating questions and conversations; as I moved back into church leadership