I read this Tweet yesterday : "When did we see you at the border and turn you away?" And Jesus said, "Whatever you did to the thousands of Guatemalan men, women, and children at the Texas border, you did to me." @NathanIRoberts How should the Church react to such a plea? The writer of the…Read more Redefining Church for today?
We don't often wash feet these days, it's just not the done thing. It is too personal, in people's personal space. I invite you to accompany me to a busy street on a Saturday night. The noise from dance clubs greets you, deafens you, at every corner. Groups of people, dressed not for the cold…Read more Foot Washing?
I entered the huge expanse of the Apple emporium on New Street, Birmingham. This airy environment with its wonderful architecture has an array of tables set out with various models of computer equipment available to see, touch, feel and experience. I was greeted at the door, welcomed even. Myriads of assistants wearing clothing adorned with…Read more Worship like Apple
Well my first week at Theological College is over! Amidst the welcomes, the first lectures and the communal meals disparate groups of people have come together to start to form a community. Living together, eating en masse and learning a new subject - these are major new challenges. What has also struck this week, amidst the…Read more Reflecting
The course is just about to start. We have 2 years to be 'formed' into people who can undertake the role of Ministers of Religion within either the Anglican or Methodist traditions. We have finally moved into the accommodation, unpacked and started to understand the vibrancy of the local area, the diversity that is Birmingham.…Read more Who am I?
We are surrounded by boxes: most sealed, some beckoning to us to be filled to capacity. Many more objects confront us as we enter rooms demanding that we do not forget them. When we move we generally experience a great deal of additional life stress. In a recent poll, 61% of people voted 'moving house'…Read more Closure
The number of people attending the Church is seemingly falling. The Church of England report stated that "church attendance will continue to fall for the next 30 years." Not exactly good bedtime reading but it might focus prayers. The Methodist Church, renowned for its statistical analysis, published its latest overview which quietly mentioned that: British Methodism…Read more Bring people into Church: why?