As I mentioned in a previous post, I'm on compassionate leave looking after my wife and family as she recovers from major hip surgery. It was a great blessing, then, to be able to speak at an evangelistic jazz cafe for some of my friends at Bessacarr Evangelical Church last week (thanks to those who … Continue reading Can we be secure in a world of insecurity?
One of the things I've noticed in student ministry is that quite a lot of decisions are often based on hearsay, urban myths and second-hand information. But actually we can make better informed and wiser decisions if we make the most of information about our finger tips that is actually pretty accessible. Let me introduce … Continue reading Where do university students in my city live?
I'm on compassionate leave as my wife recuperates from an operation, but will still aim to post from time to time over the coming weeks. When I get back, one of the sessions I'll be leading is for church-based student workers in Newcastle. The aim of the session is to consolidate their (already strong) partnership … Continue reading Four models of church-based student ministry, and how we might work better together
I've enjoyed blogging some of my thoughts since restarting the blog in August. It's been interesting to me to see what the most popular posts are. Here are the top six, which were read far more widely than anything else I posted - have a read if you missed any of them. Like families and … Continue reading The top six posts of 2017
Allow me a more personal post. Tomorrow is my final day of work this term. My wife is undergoing a hip operation on Tuesday, so there’s time for us to spend a few days together as a family before disruption hits and we try to juggle school runs, hospital visits and the rest. Apart from … Continue reading That was the term that wasn’t
Last week I had the privilege of bringing two gospel messages in different contexts in Durham. The first was the CU's Carol Service at Durham Cathedral, which drew a congregation of around 2000 guests. It was the first time I'd ever spoken in a cathedral that large, and I was fortunately given some helpful advice … Continue reading Two Christmas messages
Like some others at this time of the year, I have decided to share my ten favourite books from those I read in 2017. A few years ago I committed to reading more widely, and to aim to finish books that I start. A key thing that's helped me is tracking what I've read. So … Continue reading My ten favourite reads of 2017