Visit to Dudley (part 5)

This is the fifth and final post on my visit to Revival Fires, Dudley (part 1, 2, 3 & 4). So what did I make of it all? Here are some thoughts in order of how I thought of them (or no order at all) Why are nightly meetings important? Is it somehow more special because they’re doing it every night? So was the fact that it was ‘night 53’ significant? I’m already beginning to wonder if ‘interest’ has peaked, although a visit from Todd Bentley to these shores will…

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Bonhoeffer on: Zimbabwe (?)

As far as I know Bonhoeffer never visited Africa, and of course when DB was alive Zimbabwe as we know it today didn’t exist. But my reading today struck me as being relevant and I wonder if doesn’t apply to at least some portion of the church in Zimbabwe. He was, of course, writing about the church in Nazi Germany… “The church confesses that it has witnessed the arbitrary use of brutal force, the suffering in body and soul of countless innocent people, that it has witnessed oppression, hatred, and…

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Visit to Dudley (part 4)

This is the fourth in my reports on my visit to Revival Fires, Dudley (part 1, 2 & 3). It’s about 10.30pm by the time Trevor Baker invites people forward to receive the ‘impartation’ – broadly speaking we’ve had an hour of worship (7.30-8.30pm), an hour of praying for the sick (8.30-9.30pm) and hour of listening to Trevor speak (9.30-10.30pm). Trevor first invites all those in church leadership positions to come first and line up in front of the stage, because if we ‘catch it’ our churches ‘catch it’ too,…

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Visit to Dudley (part 3)

This is the third in my reports on my visit to Revival Fires, Dudley (part 1 & 2). After the worship and the prayers for healing, came first a short talk/exhortation to give, followed by a longer talk by Trevor Baker. The offering was led by an associate called Tom, who (not that this matters much) wasn’t especially eloquent, but we all need to learn how to speak well somewhere. The aim was ‘to prepare our hearts to give’ – nothing wrong with that. Generosity is a discipline that needs…

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Visit to Dudley (part 2)

This is the second in my report on my visit to Revival Fires in Dudley (here for part 1). The second part of the meeting was centred around healing. Trevor Baker gave a number of pretty general words of knowledge (arthritis, diabetes etc) and one or two more specific ones (50% hearing loss) and threw in some exhortation as people began to come forward for prayer. The band remained in place and continued to play in the background. While I’m not sure I would go as far as to say…

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Visit to Dudley (part 1)

In the past I’ve suffered from the British disease of cynicism and so when the latest ‘revival’ claims began to circulate and the ‘Dudley Outpouring‘ began, I determined to try and keep an open mind. Last night, I visited Dudley for myself, to see what was going on and to receive whatever good God may have had for us. The events are hosted by Revival Fires which meet at their Apostolic Resource Centre venue. There were perhaps about 100 people there. We arrived a few minutes before the meeting started…

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A challenging day

Last Saturday I took part in a sponsored challenge for a small charity, BreadTrust.Starting at 6am, 13 of us swam 1/2 mile, cycled 80 miles (beautiful journey from Shrewsbury to Lake Vyrnwy and back) and then walked 20 miles over the Shropshire Hills. I finished at 9.30pm. You can see more photos by clicking on the photo below. My knees suffered in a good cause, so if anyone would like to give, just let me know or send a cheque to the address found on the BreadTrust website. Bread Challenge

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