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…

You can do it!

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…

Don’t talk to strangers!

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…

Message in a bottle

I took non-directive approaches to evangelism to another level when I wrote a poem, copied it out and then placed them in bottles for people to find. With the help of some friends at Chelmsley Wood Baptist Church we hid them around the community for people to stumble across. You will have to wait for…

Painting good news…

Recently I have been painting with whoever wants to join me to create some stunning pieces of art. It is a peaceful thing to do, a haven in the midst of the hustle and bustle of life. People often want to talk too. Here is an example from Norwich which I did over a two…