Seeking to know Jesus and make Him known in Stevenage

Not the entrance we might have expected…

Whether it’s a champion boxer entering the ring, a modern-day politician on the campaign trail or a bride arriving for her wedding, people do like to make an entrance.  And if it’s a hero, a champion or simply a crowd favourite, it’s not unusual to have music blaring, lights beaming and photographers snapping pictures all the way along the red carpeted route. …

Awkward Questions and Awkward Answers…

Like many of you I have enjoyed watching the action from Wimbledon over the last 2 weeks. One of the most gripping matches was between Rafael Nadal and Nick Kyrios- the grand steely-eyed master against the bad boy of tennis.  It was a feisty affair, full of great shots and bad tempers.  The press conferences afterwards were no less riveting, Nadal keeping…

Staying Safe From Failing Leaders

During my spotty teenage years, I was a great fan of a Christian singer called Steve Taylor.  In one of his songs, Hero, he lamented the failings and scandals that plague all those we idolise, from whatever walk of life.  And sadly, as I mentioned last week, we can be let down and hurt by Christian leaders we trust and admire. So…

Some Reflections for GAFCON Sunday

On some unknown date in the latter half of 1823, during a game of football at Rugby School, William Webb Ellis, did something that no one had done before. He picked up the ball and ran with it. Now, even those of you who don’t like football, know that you can’t do that.  It’s against the rules.  Goalkeepers can touch the ball…

Coping with Failures in Christian Leaders

In last week’s column I commented on the frailties of secular leaders and encouraged us not to look to anyone but Jesus for real and lasting salvation.  But church leaders are also, sadly, often just as weak and frail, as shown by the stories of heresy and ‘spiritual abuse’ that have hit the headlines this week.  The latter story hit Judy and…

Leadership… and the one leader we can truly trust

Over the last couple of weeks the media has been full of stories about the Conservative party’s search for a new leader, and a new prime minister.  It hasn’t always been edifying, and there is a good deal more of it to come yet, but finding the right leader is so important. Our country, like every other, needs a leader of vision…