Fatherhood – Graham Coyle

I suspect that many people have already worked out that in certain respects I am a very shallow person.  One area where that would be true is in my choice of films.  My preference is for films that involve overly macho characters running around in unlikely situations causing far more mayhem and damage than seems possible, let alone advisable.  These are not films that reflect Christian character, nor do they extol the virtues of peace, self-restraint and gentleness that I aspire to in real life. 

To be fed – Graham Coyle

Imagine going to a really good restaurant, one that has Michelin stars or some similar accolade, a fantastic ambiance and staff who really care about what they are doing.  In common with many of you this has been altogether too rare an experience for me; but I invite you to imagine it along with me in any case.  You are welcomed into the restaurant, your coat is hung up for you and you are seated at your table.  Music plays, menus are delivered and the great sense of anticipation builds.  A choice is made and the food ordered. 

KST blog – Barbara Cowie

For the past year and a half now John and I have been missing from City Church for more weekends than usual.  This isn’t because we have been trying out other churches, or because we have bought a holiday cottage.  We haven’t even been off on our canal boat exploring the extremities of the English canal system, although that is something we would really like to do one day.

For the last 18 months we have spent 5 weekends a year studying theology.  Why? I hear you ask.  

Be encouraged – Graham Coyle

In the past couple of weeks I have had two instances of meeting old friends that I had not seen for over 30 years; there have been two alarming aspects of this.  The first is that it is even possible for me to have friends whom I met as adults and have not seen for that long.  The second is that one of them is a liar, or at least has a lousy memory.  “You haven’t changed a bit”, she said with a completely straight face and even though she genuinely meant it, I knew that it wasn’t true.

Imagine that! – Graham Coyle

People sometimes make a comment such as ‘this is one of my favourite verses in the bible’ or ‘this is my favourite book of the bible’, I understand what they mean.  There are always going to be sections that we have found meaningful, where we sense the Lord has spoken to us in some way, perhaps in some particular situation, I have had that experience and even noted the date and occasion in the margin as a reminder.  These days though my favourite bit of the bible is almost always the bit that I’ve just read.