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…)

Discipleship Evangelism – Kath Bowden

SheepAll this talk recently regarding discipleship and evangelism reminded me of the time over twenty years ago now, when Gordon and I moved to Clifton-on-Teme to work with a herd of pedigree Charolais cattle,??; well in truth it was Gordon doing the work!  This was the first farm we had worked on that also had sheep.  Gordon who is a cowman through and through, was not very interested; I on the other hand was.  After all they were much easier to handle.  I could, if I put my mind to it, turn one over onto its back, a cow would be more likely to turn me over on my back!

This skill would prove to be quite useful at lambing time.

So what has all this got to do with discipleship evangelism? (more…)