Useless? NO!

Paul writes to Philemon watched by the ‘runaway slave’, Onesimus

The 2019 Philemon Project

Last summer, on a beach, I committed to studying and writing about the shortest book in the New Testament.  A booklet really! One chapter that I have loved since the days I used to re-tell the story in holiday clubs back in the 80’s.  But, I was useless and became too busy to focus my attention to the task!

Useless? No!

Like Onesimus I am renewing that commitment in 2019.

I plan to unpack the narrative, the text and the teaching.  Watch the video below and read on for further information:

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From Chelmsford Cathedral to The Dining Rooms

I can just begin to catch my breath!  The past three weeks have been quite a journey.  Here’s a taste:

  • Chelmsford Cathedral for an iSINGPop Christmas Concert – an exciting mixture of Christmas songs telling the story and children giving the message.  The icing on the cake was a masterful and direct talk by Bishop Stephen on how the nativity invites us to be part of the story.
  •  A round of Christmas nativities and concerts in eight schools , often providing the opportunity to say a word of thanks and make reference to the truth of the story told by the songs, narratives and drama.
  • All intertwined with a number of governance meetings, conversations with headteachers and others about the challenges and issues we are facing, parental complaints and staffing needs. A team meeting, breakfast meeting with a colleague and finishing today with lunch with colleagues (The Dining Rooms).
  • An appointment processes for a new clerk and an additional director.

Confirmed is my part as a tutor again for the Liverpool Hope University online course in Spring term 2019.

I wonder if and how I could have had space to conduct services this Christmas, though I miss that privilege and opportunity more than I can explain.  Will 2019 be the year I am able to develop the preaching ministry again that this website is about?

I need your prayers, promotion and encouragement as I look out over the horizon of Christmas,as and New Year and look forward to serving God in whatever way is made possible.

May you know God’s blessing and peace this Christmas.

Stand up!

This weekend I am eagerly anticipating a visit to the O2 arena to see and hear Michael McIntyre.

Slide1.jpg If the last time we went to one of these events is anything to go by I will not stop laughing for a couple of hours.  My wife commented: “it was as funny watching you laugh as it was to watch Michael McIntyre”.  Come on, don’t take the Michael!

Stand up comedy is very popular these days.  You can catch it on mainstream TV, Netflix and Amazon Prime, by DVD, in clubs and arenas.  I am something of a fan!  But, it strikes me – leaving the humour aside for a moment – that many comedians are ‘observers of people’ and by the nature of what they do are quasi preachers of what they observe. Continue reading “Stand up!”