The Big Hearted Tour is over

  The Big Hearted Tour is over and I feel like I’ve just got started! Don’t get me wrong, I haven’t twiddled my thumbs for 12 months wondering what to do. This year has been jam-packed as I have visited every association and spoken at over 120 different gatherings ranging from youth events to cream…

Big hearted tour ploughs through the snow in Yorkshire

Picture the scene: I’m chomping into a hearty breakfast on a motorway services on the A1 early Friday morning with my friend Matt Wild who heads up a project in Peterborough… then the phone rings. Jane Day regional minister for Yorkshire Baptist Association sounds concerned and asks how our journey is going. There is only…

The cold, wet and grim Northern Big Hearted Tour

So, I’m surrounded by boxes of books and bits and bobs. But before I pack them away for another Big Hearted Tour back up North, this time with the Yorkshire Baptist Association… I thought a quick reflection on the week-end would be helpful… you see, I’m still in some what of an after-shock after such a…

Do a new thing

This article first appeared in: Baptist Union of Great Britain site: http://www.baptist.org.uk/blogs/big-hearted.html I’ve done a few new things in sharing my faith recently that have, if I can be quite frank with you, scared the pants off me! I simply didn’t know if they would work or not and this uncertainty certainly got my heart…

I’m collecting stories of being BIG Hearted

How will I know whether this year of banging the big-hearted drum will have made any sense or brought about any change to the Baptist family in helping us look out into our communities? I would love to collect stories of how others have been able to take the theme of this year and do…

Words from God’s heart to people’s hearts

“Old person! Old person!” The 4 year old boy shouted and pointed at a grey haired lady as we ventured around the shopping centre in Salford. He was certain that God wanted to bring his love and healing to someone who was, in his point of view, old. Seeing as most people over 40 look…

Big hearted vision

Seven days into the New Year and I’ve already messed up on my well intentioned goals. I’m doing just fine with one of my resolutions as I’m still enjoying daily reading and listening to the bible. Another 355 days or so and I will have conquered reading the entire bible this year. But it’s the…

The Invisible Church

This article first appeared in Missionscene. ——————————————— Have you heard the story of the group of mums who were surprised to discover that the parents and toddlers group they had enjoyed for years, actually met in a local Baptist church building and not a community centre? Or have you heard the one where most people in a…