Letter from the Manse

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The cost of Christmas

In a few weeks time most of us will be celebrating Christmas.  So how do we, as Christians, decide what it’s right to spend at Christmas? We face the same pressures as other folk. Let me remind you of five important truths.

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Taking things for granted

This year a number of unwanted events have reminded me of just what a privileged life I live. The things we take for granted and accept as ‘normal’ in our day and age would be thought of as extraordinary luxuries by every other generation in history.

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God’s Glory, our Joy

I hope the dates are in your diary: Friday 10th & Saturday 11th October for the God’s Glory Our Joy conference. This will be the fifteenth GGOJ we’ve helped to organise. The first was held in the year 2000. But the story goes back a couple of years earlier…

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The Decay of Evangelical Faith

I’m writing this from Haverigg – a small village on the Cumbria coast. We’ve come here for our summer holidays, as we have many times before. I’ve been taking the opportunity to find out a little about the history of the churches in this area.

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Friendship

I spent a day recently with one of my closest and dearest friends. He was for many years a member of this church. Now he lives in another part of the country. But our friendship has not diminished. We meet maybe half a dozen times a year – at conferences, at committee meetings, or from time to time in one another’s home. And we talk.

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