Hit it with a Hammer – Mark Summers

“Hit it with a hammer!” was not the advice I was expecting to hear. I know DIY. I built my own house. So when the balcony floor was leaking into our bedroom because mice found the bitumen coated subfloor to be appetizing, I knew what I had to do. When you have sunken screwheads that are seized due to long exposure to the elements, there can be only one option: Power tools! Big ones! Coupled with newly purchased HSS titanium drill bits (made in the USA no less!) Hoohaa! The screws didn’t stand a chance and the floorboards will be up in no time, I thought to myself. I smugly set to drilling out the 50 plus screws that secured the floorboards down. 3 screws later the first drill bit was blunt. The enormity of the task slowly began to dawn on me and my heart began to sink. I only had 2 drill bits left. (more…)

Two Encounters with Jesus – Graham Coyle

Jesus was on His way to Jerusalem to face the ordeal of the cross and to secure salvation for everyone, ever, through His death and resurrection.  He went via Jericho and on His way in to the town there was a blind guy, Bartimaeus.  (Mark 10:46-52, Luke 18:35-43)  Bartimaeus was at the bottom of every social scale that existed, even his name, Son of Timaeus means ‘son of filth’.  If ever anyone was to qualify for inclusion in a group of those who were socially marginalised and oppressed, Bartimaeus was one.  This was not shaping up to be an encounter of significance.  (more…)

Motherhood – Joy Pollock

I have the privilege of working with Joy Pollock, a member at All Saints Church in Deansway, in the leadership of Home for Good: Worcester, seeking to find a home for every local child who needs one. Joy regularly blogs for Worcestershire Local Authority and speaks on BBC Radio Hereford & Worcester about fostering and motherhood. As Mothers’ Day approaches, I am sharing this blog she has written for Home for Good.

As Joy turns the tables on the way we look at motherhood, it reminds me of a picture Jesus uses of Himself as a ‘mother hen’: (more…)

Discipleship Evangelism (part 2) – Kath Bowden

At the end of my first blog, I asked myself was I up for the challenge of becoming someone who could disciple a new Christian?  Are my foundations solid and in good repair and does my life reflect Jesus?

A couple of years ago we had a conservatory built onto our bungalow.  I watched as the footings were put in place.  It was a very messy business, mud everywhere, a lot of hard work for the man digging and mixing the concrete.

The dictionary’s definition of footings is ‘the basis or foundation on which anything is established’.  Sounds pretty important to me! (more…)

My Struggle – Sue Gillgan

How frail is my body, how fickle is my soul,

It longs for things so easily, that will not make it whole.

It focuses on temporal and gazes on the glitz,

Which doesn’t help my spirit but leaves it all in bits (more…)