Expect Great Things From God

This article first appeared on the Baptist Union web site which you can see here. I was invited to answer questions in my children’s school yesterday on why I am a Baptist minister and what it is like serving as President of the BUGB. I wasn’t expecting it, but most of the questions turned out to be…

Big hearted God

I spoke this morning at the West of Cambridge churches gathering… My topic, Big Hearted God. What a stark contrast from last Sunday where I offered prayer for healing and was literally inundated. I long to bring some of that fresh faced faith that I saw in India, a burning desire for Kingdom and urgency…

Goodbye Kolkata… I hope to see you again

Day seven in Kolkata, my last here. And while I’m excited to see Ruth and the children tomorrow, I’m sad to say goodbye to such an interesting city! It really is without exception the most vibrant place I have been to. I have met the most extraordinary people serving Jesus in different ways and have…

A land flowing with soya-milk and honey…

Day six in Kolkata and as I gulped down a beaker of freshly made warm soya milk standing in one of the slums of a Darlit community in Kolkata I’ve been reminded of that famous verse in Deuteronomy 26.9 where God promises his people a land flowing with milk and honey. As I enjoy the…

So, I visited the red light district today

Day 5 in Kolkata and after presenting to church leaders and bringing ‘greetings’ from the Baptist Union of Great Britain I visit one of the red light districts in one of the slums where 10,000 woman and children trade sex. I’m visiting as I am keen to see some creative business projects which have been…

Carey the pioneer

Day four in Kolkata and I’m in bed feeling a bit grim. I had way too much sun yesterday and got somewhat frazzled as we visited the village… However I still managed to take most of today to visit the place that William Carey established a college in 1818. I didn’t realise that Carey first…

Remote village community gather to hear good news

Day 3 in Kolkata India and I’m reflecting on a day like no other. I joined BMS world mission action team and a whole pile of guests (above) to visit a remote village where Christians hadn’t ventured before. A three hour drive along battered up pot holed roads to where the boat which is used…

Praying for the sick in Kolkata

Day 2 of my visit in Kolkata… I spoke today at a service for a few minutes at ‘Big Life’ and had an interpreter who translated into Hindi. I invited people to come for prayer at the end of the service for healing… I thought that maybe one or two people might but I was…

Praying for the sick in Kolkata

Day 2 of my visit in Kolkata… I spoke today at a service for a few minutes at ‘Big Life’ and had an interpreter who translated into Hindi. I invited people to come for prayer at the end of the service for healing… I thought that maybe one or two people might but I was…

An Indian Big Hearted Tour

So, the big hearted tour goes to India this week. I’m expectant as to what I will learn and receive from how Christians in Kolkata show and share their faith, but I’m also anticipating sharing something that I’ve got too. I’m going with BMS world mission, a group of people serving others worldwide in the…