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The Remain Campaign

Following Thursday’s historic EU Referendum you may be glad or sad, distraught or delighted, filled with anticipation or apprehension, or just relieved it’s all over at long last. Christians have very sincerely supported either side of the debate, and I am aware of families within CCBC where people voted in different ways. The recovery of familial, as well as national unity may…

Augmented reality

Over the last few days I have observed several groups of boys outside the church totally engrossed on their iPhones etc.  I spoke with one such group and discovered that CCBC’s premises are a location for the recently released Pokémon Go game. As I trust you all know, Pokémon Go is a “free-to-play location-based augmented reality mobile game …. [that] allows players…

Happy Days

The American general, John Sedgwick, fighting in their Civil War, famously said “They couldn’t hit an elephant at this distance” – and was promptly killed by a sharpshooter! John Wesley’s last words were “The best of all is, God is with us.” In Deuteronomy 33 we have Moses’ last words before dying aged 120 years old. Among various blessings on the Israelites,…

Unknown Idolatory

At last Sunday morning’s family service we thought about the Apostle Paul’s visit to Athens in Acts 17 and, in particular, how he saw an altar “TO AN UNKNOWN GOD” (v23) and then proclaimed to the people the true God. Athens was renowned for its idolatry but, whilst we may not necessarily bow down to idols of stone and wood, we also…

Living and Loving

This week I received two particular emails from one of CCBC’s internet aficionados and their contents are well worth sharing, as follows: 1. An American research study has revealed that going to church is good for women’s health and can cut the risk of dying early by up to a third. The study analysed women over a 16-year period and concluded that…

Today

Several years ago we planted a white cherry blossom tree in our front garden and each year, around this time, it is a stunning sight. Sadly the blossom lasts only a few days, but just for this short period, the brilliance and purity of the delicate white flowers (especially against the backdrop of a clear blue sky) are worth the long months…

Ninety!

I think last Sunday was the first time I’ve ever sung “Happy Birthday” to the Queen in church (or indeed anywhere). But Thursday was an especially historic occasion as we celebrated her 90th birthday. The Queen is a remarkable lady and we should thank God for her and remember to pray regularly for her (see 1 Timothy 2v1,2). The number “ninety” is…

Perplexing Times

Whilst wondering what to write about I was drawn to Paul’s words in 2 Corinthians 4v8: “we are …… perplexed but not in despair”. Many across the fellowship may indeed be perplexed, effectively asking God why He has allowed, perhaps for some considerable period, particular circumstances in their lives – for instance poor health, family concerns, unsaved loved ones. I am told…

Thoughts from Spring Harvest

Five themes were studied from the life of Moses: 1. Encounter; 2. Enlist; 3. Everyone; 4. Equip; and 5. Empower. In a seminar on Empower we were told that 70% of young people brought up in Christian families leave the church in their teens and twenties (the Titanic had a 68% death rate when it sank…), and were asked to suggest why…

The “Universe Boss”

Last Wednesday England lost their opening World Twenty20 game against the West Indies, primarily because of a stunning century by their opener Chris Gayle. (I am, of course, writing about cricket, not whether or not you should have gone to Specsavers). After the match Gayle said “The world is watching, so the universe boss got to deliver and he did today”. I’m…