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27 05, 2020

….and I am a Hopeful Hopeless Case

May 27th, 2020|

…and so I write in response to Jamie Kissack’s previous Christian Comment on the Yorkshire Website, and I know you too will be blessed by his strong words “We have a HOPE”. His strength and wisdom are the gift of God for him at this time, just as they were given to Joshua in Biblical times: “I’ve commanded you to be brave and strong, haven’t I? Don’t be alarmed or terrified, because the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9 Common English Bible) Then, and now we need to know that God will be with us wherever we [...]

26 05, 2020

We have a hope!

May 26th, 2020|

Quizzes have become a big part of our family life during lockdown.  On Zoom, gathered around the laptop, often in teams with other members of the family elsewhere in the country using a cluster of communication devices – this is how we spend many of our evenings. Living as we are through historic times, one can imagine the pub quiz question of the future:  ‘In the 2020 pandemic, after how many months of lockdown were the UK churches allowed to resume normal worship?’ I confess that I do not like quizzes.  My general knowledge is poor.  My specialist subject, ‘The [...]

20 05, 2020

Always keep on praying! Mission Impossible?

May 20th, 2020|

Paul wrote to his friends in Thessalonica (5:7) “Be cheerful no matter what; pray all the time; thank God no matter what happens. This is the way God wants you who belong to Christ Jesus to live. (The Message) I read this and I read it again, I grit my teeth and clench my fists and desperately try to believe it! I can’t! I won’t! I don’t! And I am not alone – I have yet to meet the person who has the permanent smile on their face, constantly before God in prayer and thankful to God no matter what!!?? [...]

18 05, 2020

“We need to talk”

May 18th, 2020|

'God brought me out into a spacious place' (Psalm 18:19) There are lots of articles at the moment about how church should, could, must and might – change after lockdown. I am glad we are grabbing this chance to re-evaluate and re-focus on God’s calling. I can't help but wonder if the Church is being brought out into a spacious place. But we need to talk. The phrase “we need to talk” has come to symbolise relationships that aren’t working out. Well, to be a spacious church “we need to talk” and for me the relationship that isn’t working is [...]

13 05, 2020

The “Millennium Resolution” rises again

May 13th, 2020|

Coming out of lockdown is going to take a long time, gradually, step by step, but it will be into a very different world from the one we left in March. But it is also a new dawn, for a different way to be the Christians we are called to be. Now is the time for making our resolutions to live more faithfully the Jesus way of life. I hope it’s not like the resolutions we make at New Year, broken by February, forgotten by March and so journeying through Lent in confession towards the forgiveness of the Cross. No, [...]

11 05, 2020

Dreaming of a better world beyond Covid-19

May 11th, 2020|

The 75th Anniversary of V.E. Day was not what it was meant to be.  Commemoration events that had been planned, were scrapped because the Covid-19 pandemic has changed all our lives!  However, not to be deterred, people across the country scaled down their events and marked the anniversary as best they could.  Restricted though we are, we still struck the right note as we remembered those who had fought and celebrated the world that they made possible.  When the war ended it allowed but a pause in what needed to be done, because the world had to be recreated and [...]

6 05, 2020

Hunger for Prayer – Feed me ‘til I want no more!

May 6th, 2020|

Why is everyone hungry for more? “More, more,” they say, “More, more.”  I have God’s more-than-enough, more joy in one ordinary day than they get in all their shopping sprees. At day’s end I’m ready for sound sleep, for you, God, have put my life back together. (Psalm 4:6-8 the Message) In the western world for generations, life expectancy has increased alongside an ever increasing economy and rising standard of living for more and more people. There could be no end to it! But there was! Suddenly we are pulled up by the stark question – In what do we [...]

6 05, 2020

A letter of encouragement in difficult times…

May 6th, 2020|

Dear Family, I wanted to bring you some encouragement and hope. In Hebrews 12 it says: Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.   [...]

4 05, 2020

Covid-19: A changed world

May 4th, 2020|

Manor Church & Community Project, Sheffield. Covid-19: A changed world. Since the lockdown - now 5 weeks in - all our lives have changed. I am working mostly from home, and have become very familiar with Zoom meetings, telephone conferences and social distancing, when outside the house. My shopping habits have changed, weekly trips to the local supermarket, rather than the large Sainsbury’s at Crystal Peaks.  No trips to coffee shops, restaurants or trips out to the Peak District.  My life has changed, and is different from my normal routine, but I still have the security of a job and [...]

29 04, 2020

What kind of isolator are you?

April 29th, 2020|

A very funny video parodies all the different isolators we are! (Look up Riona, the Unnatural Woman - It’s worth a watch for the full humour!) There are the all-day cleaners, the hoarders, the bakers, the people who drink wine all day, the work-out people, the over 30’s who join TikTok, those who enjoy home-schooling, and those who hate home-schooling, the computer gamers, the stress eaters, the feeders, conspiracy theory people, the DIY people, the gardeners, the Zoomers, the health-paranoid people, the people who have watched all the box sets and Netflix, people who sleep all day, people who stay [...]