A Magnificent Messiah

A Magnificent Messiah

My wife and I have decided in recent years that there’s nowhere better to be on January 2nd than at the annual performance of The Messiah by the Edinburgh Royal Choral Union at the The Usher Hall in Edinburgh. This was our 3rd visit in a row, and our 4th in recent years and, in […]

A New Dawn for the Church in Sudan

As someone who has a longstanding involvement in and commitment to the church in Sudan, this news, reported by Christian Today, is a cause for much rejoicing. In stark contrast to his predecessor, Sudan’s new minister of religious affairs last week attended a long-persecuted church’s Christmas service. Following the Sudanese government’s announcement of Christmas as […]

A Confusing and Disappointing Ark

A Confusing and Disappointing Ark

Over the Christmas break, my wife and I spent a few days with our son and his family in Ipswich and, while there, went with them to visit The Ark that is currently berthed on the waterfront. This ark, which claims to be “the world’s only floating exhibition of Bible stories”, is a half-sized replica […]

The Gate of the Year

This powerful poem was made famous when King George VI quoted it during his Christmas broadcast of 1939. THE GATE OF THE YEAR ‘God Knows’ And I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year: “Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.” And he replied: “Go […]

A Prayer for the Turn of the Year

I recently came across this prayer by Tim Challies and warmly commend it to you. Why not take a few moments, perhaps later today or this evening, and thoughtfully and earnestly make it yours? My Good and Gracious Father, You have brought me safely through another year. This was a year in which I saw and experienced so […]

You Couldn’t Make It Up

In the crazy, unpredictable and topsy-turvy world in which we live at the moment, this is one of the phrases I often hear others use, and indeed use myself, when some news story emerges. Something happens that would have been unthinkable just a few years ago, or that in some way defies logic. Sadly, it […]

I love the body of Christ!

I love the body of Christ!

I have, by God’s grace, been a disciple of Christ for 54 years. I have had the immense privilege of being in a Bible teaching and preaching ministry for 40 years. And the longer I am part of the body of Christ and observe it – despite all its patently obvious flaws and inconsistencies – […]