How can we be bolder and more effective in sharing the gospel? Successful evangelists and BMS World Mission workers Ben Francis and Chris Duffett share their expertise. This article is from the new engage magazine by BMS world mission. When it comes to evangelism, Ben Francis and Chris Duffett know a thing or two. Ben … Continue reading Apathy in the UK: do we care enough to tell others about Jesus?
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 … Continue reading The Big Hearted Tour is over
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 … Continue reading Big hearted tour ploughs through the snow in Yorkshire
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 … Continue reading The Invisible Church
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 … Continue reading Expect Great Things From God
This article first appeared in Baptist Life. October- December edition. You can see the original here. Whenever one of my three children faces a challenge the other two start a kind of chant which I join: ‘You can do it, you can do it!’ It brings a smile to the face of the one struggling and some renewed confidence as … Continue reading You can do it!
Billy* didn’t believe me that I was a Baptist minister, returning from Dundee where I had spoken at the Baptist Assembly in Scotland. "You’re no *&%$£ vicar! You’re having a *%$£ laugh!" he declared loudly for the benefit of the packed easyjet plane to hear as we waited to disembark. He looked me in the … Continue reading Don’t talk to strangers!
So, I'm on the Big Hearted Tour on the South Coast. It's been a good full on couple of days so far mixed with speaking and training engagements as well as a healthy dose of getting out into the communities with some good news. This Tesco express was more or less opposite Westbourne Baptist Church. … Continue reading If there ever is a picture that epitomises the desperate need for evangelism, it is this…