Part of my training to become a pastor involved completing a theology degree. In addition to those elements of the course that focussed on academic study and essay writing we would also complete sessions to help us consider and prepare for the more practical aspects of ministry. There would be sessions looking at funerals and … Continue reading A Vision for Church: Repentant
I will admit I can find it somewhat pretentious to talk about the prophetic. I think it comes from the experience of preachers claiming to be prophetic, having prophecies or claiming a title of Prophet and making bold claims that God is speaking to them about specific issues of the future. Frequently these claims are … Continue reading A Vision for Church: Prophetic
It is great to hear the music, the sound of a few simple instruments and the beauty of the singing.
At the start of the year I have been pondering the significance of Advent, Christmas and New Year celebrations. There is so much anticipation, busying ourselves with preparation for a couple of dates that rarely live up to the hype of expectation. Having seen shops advertising Christmas since the summer it all comes and goes … Continue reading Unrestricting Voices
As the pastor a local church it is common at this time of year to enjoy services relating to events surrounding the birth of Jesus, whether the children's nativity or carols by candlelight. I don't know how many times I have read these passages from the Bible or heard them read and sermons given. Last … Continue reading Thank God for Women