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Back to School? – 14 July 2019

What comes to mind when you hear the word ‘school?’  Are you filled with joy at the opportunity to reminisce past relationships, experiences, and teachers, or are you more likely to respond with a silent shudder?  For many people, life at school wasn’t particularly pleasant, especially if they were never ‘academic.’  You may be delighted at being finished with textbooks, exams, and…

What’s First? – 7 July 2019

In a recent book the Israeli historian and professor Harari asks the simple question – what will now become humanity’s focus?  He poses this question on the basis that war has become so costly it is generally unthinkable, that humanity is able to solve world food shortages and that it may be possible soon to envisage a world free from sickness and…

Our new Assistant Pastor – 30 June 2019

We welcome on Monday morning (at 9am sharp!) our new Assistant Pastor, Luke, together with Fiona, Noah and Joel.  We believe this is a wonderful answer to the prayer the Lord Himself encourages us to pray in Matthew 9v37,38: “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.  Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into His harvest…

Visionaries – 23 June 2019

We have been hearing about the candidates’ varying visions in the race to be Conservative leader and Prime Minister.  Sadly none of their visions appear to embrace spiritual ambitions. A friend told me that at a Christian conference he attended this week the speaker said “Your vision should be great enough to drive you to your knees”.  There is a lot of…

Dealing with disappointment – 16 June 2019

Wednesday evening’s homegroup studied together the theme of going from the (spiritual) mountain top to the valley floor, based on Mark 9v2-32 – the transfiguration followed by the deliverance of a boy with an evil spirit.  How often do you go from a spiritual high to a spiritual low – as it were from a Sunday morning to a Monday morning?  The…

D – Day – 9 June 2019

The 75th anniversary commemorations of D – Day on Thursday 6 June were especially moving, particularly because of the advanced age of the dwindling number of veterans.  Three simple thoughts occur to me in regard to D – Day: The great theme of D – Day revolves around the sacrifice of so many to achieve, for so many others, freedom from evil…

Ascension Day – 2 June 2019

On Thursday (30 May) we remembered again Ascension Day when Jesus was “taken up …. into heaven” (Acts 1v9-11).  What is the significance of this extraordinary event for us today?  Let me suggest three outcomes: Worshipping – the Ascension dramatically fulfils Daniel’s prophetic vision (7v13,14) of “one like a son of man, coming with the clouds of heaven” into the presence of…

Repentance – 26 May 2019

I recently came across this quote by my (earthly) hero Charles Spurgeon: “Repentance is as much a mark of a Christian, as faith is.”  You may be aware that the word “repentance” in the Bible means to change one’s mind for the better, with this change primarily involving turning from sin and turning to God.  It is often linked to a 180°…

“our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep” – 19 May 2019

These wonderful words are from Hebrews 13v20 and link back to that glorious song of praise, Psalm 23, that we read and thought about at yesterday’s thanksgiving service for Sid.  I may have mentioned it before but I was particularly struck by Tom Wright’s comments on this Psalm in his ‘Lent for everyone’ book which many of us enjoyed reading through recently. …

Environmental frustration – 12 May 2019

Four of us endured a somewhat frustrating afternoon / early evening on Wednesday.  We were at the Oval in South London hoping to watch the One Day International between England and Pakistan but the match was eventually abandoned after heavy rain and a hailstorm!  The limited amount of cricket that did take place between the rain means, however, that we will receive…