Prayer changes things! The well-known pastor DL Moody had a list of 100 friends who were not Christians, whom he prayed for every single day. By the time he died, 96 of them had become Christians. And at his funeral the remaining four all made a decision to follow Christ. The most loving thing we… Continue reading See Article – Thy Kingdom Come
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A few days ago I was standing in the Hermitage in front of Rembrandt’s masterpiece The Return of the Prodigal. It is a painting I have always wanted to see, ever since reading Henri Nouwen’s remarkable book about it, in a country I have always wanted to visit, having learnt to pray at my mother’s… Continue reading Baltic Reflections
Philippians 4: 4-9; Luke 3: 1-14 A cartoon shows a sceptic shouting up into the sky, ‘God! If you’re up there, tell us what to do!’ Back comes a voice, ‘Feed the hungry, house the homeless, establish justice.’ The sceptic looks alarmed. ‘Just testing,’ he says. ‘Me too,’ replies the voice. One of the great… Continue reading Last Sermon at All Saints Wellington
Making New Disciples: Exploring the paradoxes of evangelism By Mark Ireland & Mike Booker London: SPCK, 2015. ix & 206 pp. pb. ISBN 978-0-281-07336-8 £12.99 At the present time new books on evangelism are not exactly notable for their novelty value so any new entry into this crowded market place needs to have… Continue reading Two Book Reviews on Making Disciples
Here are some reflections on what Gill and I learned in Canada, as part of my recent sabbatical. http://markireland.typepad.com/files/quappelle-report-to-parish-120815.pdf
A few days ago I was standing in Pedu’el, an Israeli settlement close to the biblical site of Shiloh, talking to a Jewish settler, who had emigrated from the USA four years before. He pointed to the skyscrapers of Tel Aviv, clearly visible on the coast, and said, 'Now you can see why we can… Continue reading ‘Pray not for Arab or Jew’: Reflections on a Visit to Israel/Palestine – CEN article
This is me on top of a rock in the Sinai desert last week, where we had an unforgettable trek and pilgrimage. Over 5 days of solid trek king we climbed all the highest peaks in the Sinai mountains, and hardly saw another living being until the final day when we climbed Mt Sinai itself.… Continue reading Back from the Desert!
A CHURCH THAT LIKES TO SAY YES General Synod got in a real muddle last week in its attempts to make it slightly less difficult for couples to marry in the church of their choice. There was an air of rose-tinted unreality about the whole debate, with stories about Hexham Abbey already having four weddings… Continue reading A CHURCH THAT LIKES TO SAY YES
Just got back from an incredible weekend with the team running the Spirit tent at the V Festival at Weston Park near Stafford. This year, despite the downpours, our free gift of water was received even more than last year, with around 6,000 cups given out - over double last year's figure. People continue to… Continue reading V Festival 2006
A brilliant read! I have just finished reading Bruchko, the inspiring classic story of a 19 year-old American who felt God calling him to travel to one of the remotest jungles in Columbia to bring the good news of Jesus to the Motilones, a much-feared tribe of Stone-Age Indians. After five years of learning to survive… Continue reading Bruchko