On Sunday night I returned home following a four-day mission in Cumbria as part of the Moving Mountains campaign. The ecumenical mission involved Anglicans, Methodists, Salvation Army and URC. 33 teams worked across the county and were engaged in around 500 different activities reaching about 25,000 people. Each team consisted a group of local Christians supported by a number of others who volunteered to help. Four Synod Moderators (Steve Faber, Andrew Mills, David Pickering and Paul Whittle) and myself each brought a few others with them. Continue reading
Just over a week ago I was one of a few people who gathered in Church House to greet an emissary from the Presbyterian Church in Taiwan (PCT), Prof Victor Hsu. It was a pleasure meeting Victor, not just because of what he represents but also because of the stories he told of life in Taiwan and the PCT. PCT have 40 partnerships with other denominations around the world. A few of them, such as with the URC, are very significant. Many of you will be aware that a Taiwanese congregation uses Lumen, TFiL – the Taiwanese Fellowship in London. Continue reading
Here I am again, frustrated of Wakefield, but with a Truth to share. In all my disappointments and doubts, there is Truth staring me in the face. It is as though Jesus is alongside me.
“Pilate asked him, ‘So you are a king?’ Jesus answered, ‘You say that I am a king. For this I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.’” (John 18:37, NRSV)
At last I can see those amazing Christians who belong to the Truth and witness to the Truth by listening to Jesus’ voice. Of course, we have always had the testimonies of saints, whether in history, or living in horrendous situations today – stories of humbling Faith and commitment to the Kingdom of God, often involving miracles and wonders. Amazing as they are, they can depress me even more, as I look at my life, and my pathetic response to the Gospel, feeding off a world of affluence and freedoms. But let me share one or two encouragements of the Church around us working together as the body of Christ – very ordinary, almost mundane, yet spiritually powerful and a witness to Truth