Sometimes it’s hard sharing the joys of Christmas…

Today we had a short time of outreach in the market in Peterborough. As a small team we had lunch together at the market with the desire to then reach out and bless the market stall holders. Overall the response was fairly negative. No one seemed to want fruit or sweets and were quite suspicious…

Healing in the changing rooms

Anina Thomas, evangelist and co-leader of The Light Project in Chester (pictured here with Gaz her husband) sent a story today that I thought would encourage you. Especially for those of us who are getting ready for some family holiday time. She writes: I wanted to share a story to encourage you. We’ve been on…

Stories of BIG HEARTED…

So, a new edition of my Big Hearted will soon be reprinted. I’m keen to add a new section on how churches and small groups have been able to be Big Hearted and show the good news of Jesus in new and exciting ways. Lynn Green, our Baptist Union of Great Britain’s General Secretary in…

Stopping for the one

I’ve been thinking a lot about Heidi Baker’s phrase ‘stopping for the one’ and trying to look out for those around me who I can stop and engage with… this past week has been like no other, a week of meeting people and bringing kind words and good news, like the amazing big issue guy…

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…

Outreach with people who are not yet believers…

Today I did some creative Christmas outreach with 7 volunteers. 4 of them were not Christians, but non the less they were well up for the task of letting members of the public know something of the Christmas story. They were brilliant, answered people’s questions as much as they could and when they didn’t know…

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…

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…

My big hearted tour isn’t as rock and roll as it sounds…

I wrote this blog for The Baptist Union of Great Britain web site: http://www.baptist.org.uk/blogs/big-hearted.html ———————————————————- Rock stars go on tour. As do authors and artists. Comedian’s sell-out stadiums night after night, on tour. Even though I may sound a bit like Michael McIntyre now and again, my big hearted tour is far from a sell-out! In…