Letter from the Manse

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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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The Deacons

For the last few weeks, there’s been a whiff of new paint around our church building. Sometimes it’s been no more than a faint fragrance in the air. At other times it’s been very noticeable…

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Floods

The floodgates have opened. Winter 2013/2014 has been declared officially the UK’s wettest winter since records began. Our hearts go out to people who have lost everything – including, in some cases, their nearest and dearest. Many people are very angry.

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Five Points

I am encouraged by the feedback I’ve had about the Sunday morning series that’s just come to an end. It’s the first time I’ve preached a series on “the Five Points”.

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