Journeys in Provision #2: Into Trust

Journeys in Provision #2: Into Trust

Back in 2007, I was looking for a shiny new car. I did a wedding for a lovely couple in the parish and he was a Ford salesman. He didn’t try and sell me at all, but I figured I might get a good deal via the favour I’d built through doing a good job of their wedding and everything around it. We went to see him and he sensibly let me deal with another …

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Journeys in Provision #1: Into Repentance

Journeys in Provision #1: Into Repentance

The drive home from church (my workplace) passed a cluster of car showrooms. I remember it as a single event, but it was most likely an accumulation of journeying through the concerted advertising attempts of 4 major companies. I was a new dad, resisting the temptation to show my love for my firstborn by purchasing every new thing that would prove my love for him. Materialism attempting to pollute my wonder at the joy of …

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Journeys in Provision #0: Lenten introduction

Journeys in Provision #0: Lenten introduction

Including this introduction there will follow a story series called “Journeys in Provision” that will comprise 22 blogs over 11 weeks. #0 today and #1 on Friday and then they will come out Monday and Friday for the following 8 weeks. During our sabbatical last summer I felt that God was asking me to detail his provision for us as a family starting with an event in 2006. I thought that would be a short …

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Stop for the 1, Pray for 3, Believe God is In You. 

I’m often in groups of church leaders praying and planning for cities to be changed and huge revival; big hairy audacious goals. I love it! When leaders dream and envision it all comes down to what we all do. For a city to be changed for 100’s and thousands to be saved takes: 2 things being done daily by everyone. 1 thing to be believed daily by everyone.  When I wake up each morning and …

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Jesus the Host: an Advent Reflection

Advent: the season of preparation. This isn’t going be one of those Christian rants about how commercialised Christmas is and all the problems that I have with it. I don’t expect anyone who isn’t already a follower of Jesus to live like they are. However I do feel called to lead Westwood in Advent journeys which explore the mystery of Jesus and reflect honestly (and traditionally) on the arrival of Jesus both as a baby …

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From Caroline: Call to Prayer

From Caroline: Call to Prayer

You may be aware that God has put on our hearts to press into prayer in this season as a church. I’d just like to share some things that I feel God has been sharing with me…This is a snippet taken from my journal in which I write down my conversations with God. It was written on 16/10/17 a day when I was feeling frustrated about the lack of breakthrough in Ann’s health as I …

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Two Seasons, Two Trees, One Task

We are one church, that meets in many places. In homes, in pubs and cafes, on campus, in coffee shops,  in a village hall, in designated “church” buildings, in fields, schools and cathedrals. We talk of being a church family and this is true in that we are all invited into family but it has different depths and seasons. In a community of people who number more than an extended family, we do not all …

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#MeToo

#MeToo

I sat in a lecture in the year 2000 and was told that 1 in every 4 women had experienced abuse. We were talking in then context of domestic violence, I found the figures hard to believe. As I looked around the room at the married couples I was studying with I just didn’t believe it, I had an idealised vision of marriage and relationships being a chronically, single 20 year old. I did remember …

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Sabbatical

Hi, Just a couple of paragraphs to update this blog and run! Due to illness and Easter busy-ness the series began hardly got started and during that time the domain name ran out. Tom who makes this happen for me, dealt with it all speedily but it put me off blogging for a while.  I’ll return to the series at some point.     In the morning I begin a three-month sabbatical. It feels like …

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18 Ways We are kept from our Potential as God’s People, 3: Impatience

(I’ve put the permanent introduction at the end this time… if this is your first of these blogs, read that first…)  Impatience  This always conjures for me a time of sitting drumming ones fingers, waiting for something to happen. Patience is about waiting well. Impatience is about hating waiting, seeing it as somebodies fault, the feeling of missing out whilst we wait. The sense that we can’t be happy until…. Whatever that thing is… Impatience …

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