Oct 30, 2015

Want to be a better preacher? Here’s five ways to improve

A very helpful post for any who, like me, need all the help they can get to be a better preacher

5 ways





(HT: John Stevens)

Oct 24, 2015

An atheist describes her leap of faith

Interesting piece in the guardian from an atheist who describes her faith in rejecting God.

atheist faith

Oct 19, 2015

The rise and rise of Birmingham

Here’s a great new video highlighting why Birmingham is on the rise. And in case you think it’s all just hype check out this study by PwC that ranks Birmingham as the most investable city in the UK and the 6th in Europe.

why birmingham


Aug 4, 2015

Don’t we have the right to decide when we want to die?

Dr Peter Saunders of the Christian Medical Fellowship has written by far the best response to the issues surrounding assisted suicide as raised by the case of Gill Pharoah.

Dr Saunders highlights what is at stake when someone like Mrs Pharoah who is not terminally ill, nor in significant pain decides to end their life. He comments ‘this is not really about pain, or terminal illness or disability or even old age because these are not the real things motivating those who make one way trips over the English Channel. It’s really about meaning, purpose and hope.’

assisted suicide

Jul 22, 2015

The top 10 facts you need to know about our changing city centres

Having just read through Urban demographics: Where people live and work in England and Wales a report published today by Centre for Cities here are my top 10 facts I think we need to know about the changing face of city centres in England and Wales.

1. One in three people living in our city centres are aged 20-29.

2. In the UK’s larger cities (550,000+ but excluding London) nearly 50 percent of the city centre population are aged 20-29.

3. Just under 50 percent of people in city centres are single and only 22 percent in some form of live-in relationship.

4. Over 70 percent live in flats or apartments

5. Students account for 44 percent of that population (London 16 percent).

6. One third of working age living in our centres have a degree and over half have A-levels.

7. Over 50% of those who work and live in the city are professionals.

8. The population of our cities grew by 37 percent between 2001 and 2011. The suburbs only grew by 8 percent over the same time.

9. The larger cities (550,000+ but excluding London) doubled in population size between the 10 years 2001 to 2011.

10. Student populations increased by 188% in the UK’s larger city centres between 2001 and 2011

Jul 21, 2015

Zach Johnson may be the Open Champion but for him Jesus is all that matters

Last night American golfer Zach Johnson won the Open at St. Andrews.  I then discovered that he is a Christian with a living faith in the Lord Jesus.

Here’s something of his testimony given in 2012.

In Early in the winter of 2002, I gave my life to the Lord.

Since then, my priorities have certainly changed. It’s not Zach’s agenda anymore. I refer to the years after high school and before making my decision as my “blind years.” Now, I can see.

Before I was one, I always thought being a Christian would be boring. In reality, it has been the complete opposite. There is joy, fulfillment and even fun! There also are challenges and trials, but knowing that my foundation lies in Jesus and what He has done for me is what is important. It’s all that matters.

And here’s an article in today’s Daily Star (a newspaper that has never featured in this blog before now!)


Jul 1, 2015

Looking for advice on how to answer same-sex marriage issues?

Here are two excellent articles on how the church should respond to the challenge of same-sex marriage and the marginalisation of Christian beliefs.

This first piece by Canadian Carey Nieuwhof serves as a reminder that it’s not actually a new idea that Christians are called to be counter to the culture!

Carey Nieu



And here is a thoughtful and compassionate response from British pastor Sam Allberry

5 biblical responses

Jun 25, 2015

9 free Don Carson e-books

Carson e-books

Jun 5, 2015

God and the gay Christian – Tim Keller responds

For all those thinking through issues of what the Bible says when it comes to the subject of homosexuality here is a response by Tim Keller of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York to two new books that are both supportive of same-sex relationships within the church.


Jun 2, 2015

Want to plant a church? Here’s a chance to train with others & learn from those who have

Are you looking to plant a church? Would you like to learn alongside others from a team of church-planting pastors just what might be involved? Why not join us on Plant! a new course launched by London Theological Seminary beginning this September.

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