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David Livingstone – 200 years

200 years ago, one of my greatest heroes was born. David Livingstone, born 19th March 1813 in Blantyre, Lanarkshire became the greatest of African missionaries, determined to open up the Dark Continent “for Commerce and Christianity”.


Women’s ministries

I received an email last week from a much respected friend. He wanted my opinion about  the role of women in the church. Or more particularly, the role of women in the meetings of the church. He had been asked to lead a discussion for a church that’s been wrestling with the issue. He’d accepted the invitation reluctantly, knowing how heated the subject could become. And then he’d settled to some serious study to make sure he knew what he should say. But the more he’s looked at the …


The Calendar: a gift to you from God

Another year… it seems to me to be a very healthy thing for us as Christians to set times to regularly review what has gone before, to make plans and to set aims for what lies ahead.


Urban Myths

For thirty-one years I’ve preached week by week from the NIV. I’m expecting to do that for the last time on the Lord’s Day, 30th December. And then, the following Sunday, the NIVs will be packed away and we’ll be reading together from the ESV.

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I’ve just returned from our first ever international study week! For five days I’ve sat with eight (occasionally nine) men around a table in a church building in Wetzlar, Germany. And together we’ve worked at understanding Philippians.

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