Plant a seed, surprise surprise, it grows…

“I could really do with some hope…” …I heard people say as we offered ‘seeds of hope’ at the busy car boot sale in Weaverham, Cheshire. People asked why they were free, what the catch was, where to make the donation to the church, and why would we offer hope… We had 300 seeds to…

God healing people through stick men pictures? Real strange.

Over the past few days I’ve seen some strange stuff. Real strange. I want to be honest with you, it’s shocked me a bit as to what’s happened. I should be used to it, but I just can’t accept it as the norm… yet. So, what is this strange phenomenon I have witnessed? Well, I…

‘Come and hear’ or ‘go and tell?’

Over the past month I have had the privilege of working with 3 Baptist Churches to help them connect with people in their communities. The people they had in mind are the vast majority who wouldn’t consider attending their services or taking the initiative to engage with the Christian faith on their own accord. The…

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…

The art of reflecting

My day job requires quite a bit of travel and this gives good time to reflect and evaluate what I do. I don’t mean that I navel gaze and become self obsessed but rather I try and reflect so that I may learn and grow as a Christian. My work with The Light Project as…

‘Can these dry bones live?’ conference

I love getting invites to speak at events and offer training in outreach too. The more ‘out there’ the better in my opinion. Here’s some thoughts from 30 minutes of teaching followed 90 minutes of application of the teaching… a good ratio I reckon!  It’s from ‘Can these dry bones live conference’ hosted by a creative…

More than words…

This past week-end has been like no-other. I’m going to run the risk of seemingly spouting about how good my job is through this blog, but seriously, this week end has been a joy. Let me explain what I’ve been up to, and in so doing I hope you may get hold of that age old truth…

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…

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…

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…