Brave new world

George Orwell’s book 1984 painted the terrifying picture of a dystopian future where the populace were constantly watched on ‘Telescreens’ and oppressed by propaganda and ‘thought police’. It was an ugly picture, and sadly some of it we see has come true in our world. But the more concerning prediction of the future was that…

Welcoming and the Kingdom

When I first became a Christian, I’d been told you don’t have to go to church to be a Christian. That piece of news was a great relief to me, as I had clear preconceptions that church people must be weird. Not that I’d had much exposure to church – my preconceptions were utter ignorance,…

Leadership

I remember leading one particular meeting in a church and afterwards a young Christian came up to me and said, ‘Ray, I used to think that it would be easy to be a minister, now I realise it’s not as easy as it looks’. I appreciated his honesty. In the early days of my Christian…

God’s Business

Today (Sun 17th March) our church family gathers at our annual joint service before the annual meeting and luncheon. Business meetings may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but every year I am greatly encouraged to see the way God has blessed us as the annual reports are presented and as God raises up leaders…

Escorting the Bride

Conducting weddings over the years, I have watched many a bride walk down the aisle to her husband-to-be. It’s one of the great privileges of being a minister, but there is an even greater privilege. A couple of weeks ago, for the first and only time in my life, I got the chance to walk…

Inspired…Urged…Commanded

“Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And…

For the Love of God

People do some weird things sometimes. I once saw my brother jumping around on one foot, pulling his ear and leaning his head sideways. When I asked him, he explained he was trying to get water out of his ear. Whatever weird things people do, there’s always a reason for the behaviour. Today at church…

Joy

The stern-faced gentleman stood behind the woman in the supermarket check-out. She glanced at him – he was well dressed, but very grim looking. At last she couldn’t restrain herself any longer. “Excuse me, do you happen to be a minister?” “’No, I’m not”, he replied “I’ve just been sick for a couple of weeks.”…

Peter meets Jesus on the Beach

This is the forth day of KidzArts 2017 and today Peter meets Jesus on the Beach. KidzArtz 2017 has had the theme “At the Beach”.  There have been four days of art and crafts, drama, bible teaching and fun.  The four drama scripts have been printed for you here.  They are Jesus call Peter, Peter walks on Water, Peter…

Peter and the Cross

The Owl was still awake when the cock crowed three times

This is the third day of KidzArts 2017 and today the drama is about Peter and the cross. KidzArtz 2017 has had the theme “At the Beach”.  There have been four days of art and crafts, drama, bible teaching and fun.  The four drama scripts have been printed for you here.  They are Jesus call Peter, Peter walks…