Boxing Day

So, tomorrow is Boxing Day…was it named as the day to throw away the boxes and wrapping from Christmas Day’s celebrations? Some say the day became special as early as Roman times in Britain when donations were received from the public to finance the local athletic...

Quietly coming through the back door

God came down the backstairs at Bethlehem lest he blind us by excess of light. Preacher, George Buttrick (1892–1980) Picture God tiptoeing down the stairs of heaven to quietly enter our world through the back door at Bethlehem. He did not go for maximum exposure by...

Lasting Work

We all work in one way or the other, don’t we? However, we often ask the question, is my place of work/vocation or even family life impacting God’s Kingdom? Am I being significant? Am I truly making a difference in the world with what God has given me? There is an old...

A Reluctant Missionary

Most of us know the story of Jonah from our Sunday School days. Alongside David and Goliath, Moses and the 10 Commandments, and the birth of Jesus, it is one of the “ripping yarns” that grip children’s imagination as they hear the adventures of Bible heroes. Have you...

Finding Wisdom in His Word

Last week Ian gave us a pretty stark illustration from Proverbs 6:9 – “How long will you lie there, you sluggard? When will you get up from your sleep?” I once had a season where my work was stressful but uninteresting and unrewarding.  I didn’t want to get out...