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‘Church Leaders National Gangs Forum’

For two days this week I was privileged to be involved in organising and attending the Inaugural 'Church Leaders National Gangs Forum’ held at High Leigh Conference Centre. The purpose of the forum was to convene a gathering of church leaders, para-church agencies, the Metropolitan Police, gang intervention practitioners and ex-gang members, to explore how the church could respond effectively to the challen ...

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Being in Association

On 1st December I will have completed 3 years as Team Leader of the London Baptist Association. What are my reflections on those years? These years have not always been easy. There has been a lot to learn and the road has been quite rocky at times. However, difficult times are not always bad. Through them I have learned new things about myself and the role to which I have been called.  Having said that wher ...

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Silence. Just for a minute. Only a minute. A golden minute.   Surely, it must be possible?   As we approach the annual event of Remembrance, especially poignant 100 years on from the outbreak of “The Great War”, we are expecting to remain silent for that brief moment to honour, respect and recall those who have sacrificed their lives to secure our freedom from those who sought to oppress us. But I ...

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Running a good race

  This weekend sees the celebration of All Saints Day. In recent years Baptist churches have probably been more cognisant of this Christian feast, if only to the extent that some have put on ‘Light Parties’ (or something similar) on 31 October as an antidote to the secular celebration of Halloween.   The writer to the Hebrews wanted to encourage the Christians of his day to be faithful in their fo ...

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To live a life worthy of our calling.

Sometime ago I shared about Brennan Manning's book All is Grace. Manning is best known for his book The Ragamuffin Gospel, in which he speaks of being overwhelmed by the relentless love of God. In it he shares how Christians are uncomfortable with this idea, pointing out the dangers of emphasising the love of God to the exclusion of His righteousness, holiness and exhortation "to live a life worthy of our c ...

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