Rector's Blog

Thoughts for 2020

Thoughts for 2020

Some words first from Isaiah, as God addresses His people, His ‘sorely afflicted one’.  In Isaiah chapters 42 and 43 we have a context of a people who have ears but do not hear, who have eyes but do not see.  They are much in need, but they fail to draw on their...

Reflect and move forward

Reflect and move forward

Dear All, We owe a huge debt of gratitude to so many who have worked tirelessly over the last few months in our church communication team. Our thanks also go to the wonderful CRAG team, who have made such a huge effort in raising money for the church roof repairs....

Taking stock

Taking stock

Dear All, Very soon we will most of us be getting used to a faster pace of life again.  How does that sound to you? For some, I realise the pace of life has never slowed.  In fact, if you are a working parent with children being home-schooled, or a key-worker on extra...

Happy 2020

Happy 2020

Dear All, "Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, …but God demonstrates his own love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us." (Romans 5 : 7 – 8  NIV) This is a motto verse that David Bate has very kindly offered to make into a...

Time for new wine?

Time for new wine?

How is Renewal and Revival going to happen in Britain in our generation?What do I mean by these terms?  The last officially recorded ‘revival’ in Britain was on the Island of Lewis (Hebrides) in 1949 -52 .  It is when God moves in the power of the Holy Spirit across a...

Mistaken identity?

Mistaken identity?

Dear All, The beginning of the academic year coincides with a set reading for 1st September from Hebrews 13.  Verse 2 reads: ‘Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.’  Might we have entertained angels...

God in our Mess

God in our Mess

Dear All, Earlier this year I had the huge privilege of taking a 3 month sabbatical.  My wife and I were able to travel to Russia, where she had worked for a missionary agency for 13 years.  Also to Canada, where she had spent an important 2 years of her childhood....

Wake up!

Wake up!

Recently I was doing some dabbling around in the historical links between Frenchay and William Penn, founder of the colony of Pennsylvania.  One of my sources mentioned that the naming of Pennsylvania was actually attached to his father’s name (Admiral Sir William...

Breaking chains

Breaking chains

“Human anger does not produce the right answer from God.” (James 1 : 19 paraphrased) A while back, as I was doing some work as chaplain with one of our main national orchestras, I was asked by one of the musicians: ‘What can you provide for the likes of me that isn’t...

One in Christ

One in Christ

Dear All, As you read this blog, 2019 is well underway. Time, in fact, to join the Alpha Course running at Begbrook Social Club if you so desired. Why might you consider doing this?  ‘Discipleship’ is the journey of faith that means maturity, fulfilment, generous...