Book Review: House churches will they survive?

Apparently in America the house church movement is taking off which is curious because in the UK the house churches of the 1970s and 80s are now warehouse churches or in schools or theatres or wherever. We’re seeking the buildings just as those who have had massive campuses are thinking they should let go of them. Anyway, the subtitle to this 1988 book by John Noble is ‘A call to action from a prominent leader within the movement.’ Having found myself, in the sovereign plan of God (although it felt…

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Lifestyle Choices

Here’s a good observation from Gary McMurray after watching some TV. I think he’s right when he says, “For the TV channel and its advertisers, really there’s no choice in lifestyle – everyone should be pushing for materialism.” Which is why as Christians we need to exercise discernment when we watch the box. And why it’s good when Christians all over the world think about things like this

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Book Review: Europe 1815-1945

I’m trying to read some of the books that have been hanging around for a while and this one was an old A-Level history text-book. So Europe 1815-1945 by Anthony Wood isn’t the most gripping of reads but remains fascinating nonetheless. Dealing with 130 years of European history inevitably means a big picture approach however the book would have benefited from fleshing out the lives and personalities of the more dominant figures (Metternich, Bismarck, Napoleon III, Tsar Nicholas, Kaiser Wilhelm, Emperor Francis Joseph, Cavour, Wilson, Churchill, Hitler, Lenin and Stalin…

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Just very tired

So for the last few weeks I’ve done hardly any running. I have been so tired. Work has been busy, life has been challenging, evenings have been full. In the mornings I can barely open my eyes and by the evening I’m hungry and shattered. So nothing for the last couple of weeks. Then on Sunday this happened and I suddenly have two weeks paternity break. So last night I went out and ran. Not far, just the usual 3.43 miles and went for it hard. I was minutes quicker…

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I link therefore I am (27.07.2010)

There may not be too many of these over the next couple of weeks. I’m on a couple of weeks paternity leave to begin the adjustment to having two kids, so if I blog at all I’d like it to have some content to it. But here’s a few links from the end of last week: Why doesn’t God always heal? A great question… How do you cope when God hasn’t healed? How do you move on when life has been incredibly hard? How do you pray when you love…

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The family likeness

I promise this blog is not about to turn into a family album despite the fact that I’m now the doting father of a baby girl. However, I’d like to show you something… OK, it may be just me but do they look alike? Poor kids, the midwife said they looked liked me. My church decided that grumpy, wrinkly and purple is not a good look, for them or me! Anyway, the point is that they (at least I think so) carry the family likeness. The father should be able…

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Anna Grace Whittall

Today we give thanks to God for the safe arrival of Anna Grace Whittall. She made her entrance at 9.44am, weighing in at 7lbs 15oz. It is just amazing to think that God would choose to enter the world this way and begin life so helpless and so weak. Amazing to think that this little girl is made in the image of God and He already knows how many hairs are on her head (quite a few!). So, here is one more reason I have to give thanks to God.

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