…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)Read more
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’.Read more
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.Read more
“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’.Read more
Hello HEBA! I’m back!
I want to begin by saying a massive “Thank you” for flowers, cards, cake, chocolate, prayers, emails, visits and so much love during the recent pilgrimage through Breast Cancer! I have really felt like a reluctant Pilgrim on this journey, and God has been my constant companion. In the early days of Chemotherapy, (which resulted in me spending about 20 days in hospital on 3 separate occasions), I cried out to God that I longed for my normality. In His gentle way He reminded me that this cancer journey is “normal” for thousands of people every day, and I now share their normality!Read more
I’m glad to have the opportunity to share with the churches some of the good things and also some of the disappointing things that have been happening in our Association over the past 12 months or so especially with regard to the Home Mission Fund (HMF).Read more
“If the axe is dull and its edge unsharpened, more strength is needed, but skill will bring success.”
As I write this month’s reflection, I am looking out on a thick blanket of virgin snow, and thankful to be sitting in front of a roaring log fire.Read more
It had been a dream on my bucket list for the last 30 years to go to Australia. Vivienne and I were able to fulfill that dream last October. I also knew I was following in Adrian’s footsteps in claiming Australia as part of HEBA.
After a long but enjoyable flight the first experiment I did when we landed in Sydney and got through customs was to find a toilet to flush to see if the water spins the wrong way. I wasn’t disappointed.Read more
As we move into a new year, I want to remind you of the Association’s commitment to you. Our desire is ‘to grow healthy churches’, with HEBA’s purpose to stimulate and assist the region’s Baptist churches for their God-given task of sharing the good news of Jesus Christ.Read more
Is God calling you? I pray that God is calling each and every one of us and that we are in the place God has for us. As Baptists, we stand for ‘every member ministry’ and that God wants to fulfill His purposes through all of us. When we follow Jesus, He wants us to be open to His leading and guiding in all that we do.Read more