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This page displays messages, notes and articles written by our Pastor and our Leadership Team.

Secular suffering? – 9 September 2018

I’m reading Timothy Keller’s book “Walking with God through pain and suffering” and, although only part-way through, would really recommend you read it (– in fact anything by Keller is good!).  Gill and Marcelle have recently read it and both found it very helpful. Future bulletin articles may draw further from this book but in the opening chapters Keller examines how suffering…

Menu Formule v A La Carte – 2 September 2018

We have returned safely after a wonderful holiday in France, enjoying great weather, beautiful scenery and very good food.  Talking of food you may be aware that many French restaurants offer the choice of a Menu Formule or various options from an A La Carte menu.  The Menu Formule is a fixed price menu for either two or three courses, with limited…

Take care! – 5 August 2018

We often use the words above when saying goodbye to someone – we want them to keep safe, to drive carefully etc.  It’s interesting, however, how words can change their use or meaning over time – for instance the KJV translates Paul’s opening words in Philippians 4v6: “Be careful for nothing”.  Paul is actually talking about anxious care and worry, so the…

Biblical inferno – 29 July 2018

Were you struck by Wednesday’s headlines about the awful fires in Greece?  The flames were described as Biblical and apocalyptic – but why would newspaper editors immediately associate deadly fire with the Bible? In many ways such associations may seem to be appropriate.  The Bible contains several stories about fire – we may think, for example, of the burning bush (Exodus 3),…

Divine pleasure – 22 July 2018

I was particularly struck at our Wednesday evening homegroup by these words within our study passage, Numbers 14v1-25: “If the Lord is pleased with us, He will lead us into that land, a land flowing with milk and honey, and will give it to us” (v8).  These were the words of Joshua and Caleb to the whole Israelite assembly when they pleaded…

The nation weeps – 15 July 2018

Maybe the above title is somewhat exaggerated, but many across the nation were very disappointed following Wednesday’s result.  Our homegroup enjoyed a pizza evening watching the match and then squeezing in a short study and prayer time after it was all over. Our passage on Wednesday was Numbers 14v1-25, with verse 1 being “That night all the people of the community raised…

Small things – 8 July 2018

I am writing this article on the morning of England’s World Cup quarter final match against Sweden.  Will football still be “coming home” this afternoon?!  One thing my father used to say about football is that the difference between winning and losing, between scoring a goal and hitting the post, is often only a matter of a few inches. We will be…

It’s Carnival Time – 1 July 2018

The 7th and 8th July are the Fleet Carnival, an event which sees thousands of people visiting over the two days, and this year CCBC will be represented on Sunday the 8th. We have a pitch booked, banner ready, leaflets and Bibles and gospels generously provided by LivingStones Bookshop.  We will also be giving away bottled water to those that pass by…

“By only the skin of my teeth” – 24 June 2018

We all had a wonderful time at Jonathan and Sarah’s wedding last Saturday, with God’s favour on the day being evident in so many ways.  Hundreds of pictures are available via Facebook etc. – but when will the father of the groom learn to smile? However, two instances relating to the wedding have subsequently reminded me of the above words.  Owing to…

Life expectancy – 17 June 2018

The results of American research were published on Thursday revealing that people who practise religion live up to 6 years longer than their agnostic and atheist peers.  Academics from Ohio State University analysed more than 1,500 obituaries from across the USA and found persuasive evidence that there is a relationship between religious participation and how long a person lives.  Interestingly, volunteerism and…