Seeking to know Jesus and to make Him known to others

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

Surviving Everest – 8 March 2020

Recently I came across some fascinating statistics about Mount Everest.  I’ve always admired mountain climbers, the preparation, discipline and training required, and the incredible vision for an adventure they all seem to have.  However, once I saw the statistics I found greater respect for them.  Whilst at Everest’s base camp, for instance, climbers can already begin to show signs of altitude sickness.…

“Thou shalt not” – 1 March 2020

We were studying the 10 Commandments at this past week’s Tuesday Fellowship and noted: they followed the Lord’s deliverance (salvation) of Israel from slavery in Egypt.  Israel’s obedience to God’s laws was intended to flow from and be their response to His gracious, sovereign rescue.  The clear principle throughout the Bible is that our works in no way earn our salvation but…

Who can chain creation? – 23 February 2020

The original Jurassic Park film (1993) is a cinematic triumph.  Even today the CGI (computer-generated imagery) looks amazing, and the Tyrannosaurus looks as terrifying as ever.  Unfortunately, in the 27 years and four films that have since followed, the plot hasn’t evolved one bit.  The narrative of each film is very simple; humans attempt to harness the power of creation, and each…

Surrounded – 16 February 2020

I was particularly struck last week by these words from Psalm 32v10 – “the Lord’s unfailing love surrounds the man who trusts in Him.”  Spurgeon comments: “Observe, my soul, what a bodyguard you have!  Before and behind, and on all sides, ride these mounted guards of grace.  We dwell in the centre of the system of mercy, for we dwell in Christ…

The end of Auschwitz – 2 February 2020

Very moving ceremonies were held on Monday to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi Auschwitz concentration and extermination camp in occupied Poland.  Some 1.3m people were sent to Auschwitz during the Second World War, of whom some 1.1m died, including 960,000 Jews.  The scale, horror and sheer evil of this camp, and other similar ‘facilities’, are beyond imagination.…

Footwashing – 26 January 2020

We will be studying this morning the account in John 13 of Jesus washing His disciples’ feet.  It is stunning to consider the Son of God kneeling to wash the dirty feet of the Twelve, including Peter and Judas Iscariot. The event is remarkably multi-layered.  Clearly Jesus is giving here a wonderful example of humble service of others which He expects all…

Unity – 19 January 2020

We are again within the annual week of prayer for Christian unity and everyone is welcome to attend this afternoon’s special service at Church on the Heath. The concept of Christian unity is, somewhat ironically, the subject of much argument (and even worse).  Some will talk of seeking unity on the primary doctrines of the Christian faith, whilst allowing differences of understanding…

Ask Creation: It will teach you about God – 12 January 2020

In the 1890s author Oscar Wilde was asked why he thought American society was so violent.  Wilde replied simply, “Because you have such ugly wallpaper.”  There are numerous ways of interpreting Wilde’s response but many understand him to be drawing a link between self-loathing and violence.  The idea is that humanity, as it has expanded its cities, chopped down the trees, and…

Epiphany moments – 5 January 2020

You may be aware that tomorrow, 6 January, is the feast of Epiphany which, in Western Christianity commemorates the visit of the Magi (wise men) to the infant Jesus.  (It is also the date by which all Christmas decorations must be taken down – woe betide any not meeting this deadline!). The word Epiphany means appearance or manifestation and may be used…