Seeking to know Jesus and make Him known in Stevenage

The Curse and Cure of Hypocrisy

The Archbishop of Canterbury found himself in hot water this week.  He gave a speech to the TUC in which he heavily criticised some companies, including Amazon, for failing to pay enough tax, not offering its employees a living wage and having many people on zero-hours contracts.  We might have sympathy with his views but it wasn’t his views that caused the…

The Big C… and an even bigger C

As an avid listener to BBC Radio 5Live I’ve been saddened this week to learn that one of the presenters, Rachel Bland, has died of cancer at the age of just 40.  She endured her treatment with great fortitude and tried to give other sufferers courage by doing a regular podcast called You, Me and the Big C. However happy and sheltered…

We’re in a battle: so keep learning!

After the long summer holiday, it’s back to school this week for children, teachers and support staff alike and I’m sure there is a mix of excitement and fear in many homes as a result.  Do remember them in your prayers. But whether we are still at school or well into retirement we never stop learning, or we shouldn’t at least.  We…

The Importance of Corporate Prayer

Dr Martyn Lloyd Jones, the famous 20th century preacher, was showing some visitors around his church one day, and after a good tour told his guests that he would finish by taking them to the boiler room.  They weren’t really interested, but he insisted.  “This is where the energy for all the work of the church comes from,” he said.  And he…

The Reformation – 500 years ago this month

500 years ago this month… Martin Luther, sparked a change in the church which spread across the whole world. Fancy a religious re-think having such a big impact! Trade-routes changed, power shifted, people were martyred (even here in England), the work-ethic of generations of people across Europe was inspired; and most importantly, the Protestant faith…