As a nation there is a lot of uncertainty in the air – the Brexit negotiations are making people nervous, the outcome of the elections have left the government without a clear majority, people are nervous and uncertain about the future.
I don't know about you but when it comes to the subject of romantic comedies I can't say I'm much of an expert. When your favourite movies range from Gladiator to Saving Private Ryan you can understand why I don't often frequent a good old rom com.
Three crosses on a beautiful picturesque hill with the sun setting behind them. A beautiful inspiring picture. The cross, a symbol worn around the neck in gold, tattooed with ink and Celtic artistry, engraved in Stone memorials – a symbol of hope.
It was just over a year ago that Pastor Michael wrote an article entitled “New Wine? New Wineskins” (Encounter January 2016), wineskins being a metaphor for leadership. We had commenced a process of beginning to make changes to our leadership and overall structure.
Have you ever woken up with a sense of excitement because of where you were going that day? I remember the day my wife and I went on a trip to Milford Sound in New Zealand. It’s a beautiful lake surrounded by mountains and wondrous views. Even though we had a long journey ahead, and even though it was an early start and was very cold, we were up, ready, and looking forward to it – because we believed where we were heading was going to be worth it.
Ten years ago some friends kindly gave us their old TV. It was a large beast of a television. Much larger than our old one. It took two of us to carry it into the house and set it on its purpose-built stand. The old cathode ray tube (CRT) telly has worked well for years. The only time we could be bothered to move the TV was when we decorated the room.
Many years ago there was a festival in Jerusalem, called the 'Festival of Tabernacles'. In the evening they had a lighting ceremony called the 'night of illumination'. Everyone crowded into the courtyard of the temple; they all carried candles with them and 4 giant candles were lit. Some said that there was enough light to fill every courtyard in Jerusalem!
It was a Thursday morning. Mark was in Romania, the washing machine has just made a huge clunking sound and stopped spinning, my kids went to school grumpy and I was sat ready to plan the session for Day 4 of Powerkids for Elim Festival.
The day's title was from Matthew 16 when Jesus asks his disciples "Who do you say I am?”
Is there a topic that you naturally find yourself talking about?
I’ve just come back from a fantastic holiday and am feeling more blessed and relaxed as a result. It was great to sit and read some books in the sunshine and practice my rusty Spanish a little. While sitting round the pool I noticed however just how many people have tattoos these days. It used to be that if you had a tattoo it made you unique. I joked with my kids that these days if you want to be unique, don't have a tattoo. I really did feel in the minority.