Diversity

Last year I reminded you of HEBA’s vision and values – ‘Growing Healthy Churches’ and our commitment to companionship, generosity, diversity, learning and innovation. Whilst we want to develop all the values, our focus this year is ‘diversity’.

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“See, I am doing a new thing!

Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.” (Isaiah 43:19)

I know that the new year begins on 1st January, but over the years I’ve been involved in churches, September has felt as much of a fresh beginning as January, maybe more so. Perhaps that’s because so much of what we do, and the programmes we run, are shaped by the academic year more than the calendar year?

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No Planet B

The Christian Churches around Birmingham are facing the challenges of Climate Change, together.

On Saturday June 29th 72 people gathered at the Quaker rooms in Bull Street under the theme of “No Planet B”. They included Baptists, Methodists, URC, Quakers, Catholics, Anglicans, Unitarians and Franciscan brothers; much of the organising and training was provided by Christian Aid and CAFOD working together.

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God is all, and all-inclusive!

The vision God has given me for setting up a Deaf Church has actually happened…I see it unfolding before my eyes!

Open Hands Signing Church aims to encourage Deaf people to worship God using the beautiful language of the British Deaf Community – British Sign Language, and other visual means. Hearing people are welcomed too, and a voice-over is always provided so that they have access to everything.

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Inspire – Equip – Connect

We are excited to be bringing Baptist Assembly to The International Centre, Telford in 2019. Baptist Assembly will have a very different look and feel, which will enable much more engagement with our wider Baptist family and many opportunities to celebrate together.

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“One thing I ask of the Lord…

…this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple.” (Psalm 27:4)

Just one thing? Only one? If I am honest with you, I have many questions of the Lord.

And perhaps that isn’t surprising when we consider how uncertain are the days in which we live, and how complex are the issues that we face.

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A Diverse Family

Last year I reminded you of HEBA’s vision and values – ‘Growing Healthy Churches’ and committed to companionship, generosity, diversity, learning and innovation. Whilst we want to develop all the values, our focus this year is ‘diversity’.

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Spiritual Direction

One of the best personal things I’ve ever done

Since leaving both London Bible College and Spurgeon’s in the Eighties and over 25 years in Baptist ministry, I had been resistant to any form of evaluation of myself as person and evaluation of my soul. After all I didn’t have time for that kind of introspective, navel-gazing twaddle. I had Kingdom work to do, putting in as many hours as I could and wondering why I felt so burnt out and depleted by the time I came up to my Sabbaticals.

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A time for everything

“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.” (Ecclesiastes 3:1)

One of the great blessings and privileges of being a Baptist Minister, comes when a Church (or in my case an Association) makes possible a sabbatical ‘rest’. As you read this, I am enjoying such a period of ‘rest’.

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