Letter from the Manse (136)

Thought provoking, biblical, often topical but always worth a read!

  • A View from the Piano

    Most people have probably never thought about what it’s like to be an accompanist – to play the piano or another instrument whilst we sing to God. That’s because most of us don’t have to do it. But even those of us who do play don’t always think carefully about…

  • To drink or not to drink?

    To drink or not to drink: that is the question.  Over the years, I have been asked many times to give my advice on the subject of alcohol.  May a Christian drink “in moderation” or should we abstain completely?  I was asked the question again a few days ago.  I…

  • Obsessed with sport?

    An estimated 30 million across the UK watched England play Germany. World Cup football, Wimbledon tennis... you can’t get away from sport at the moment. Sport is one of our national idols. As a Christian, how should I react to this idolatry?

  • Easter not Christmas

    Most people in the UK don’t make a great deal of Easter these days.  Christmas is a much bigger event:  cards, presents, trees, decorations, special services, days of feasting.  Compared with that, Easter is quite low profile.  That’s true for us as a church too.  Yes, we hold a service…