Black Lives Matter

I was disgusted and angry over the death of George Floyd in Minnesota on 25th May 2020. He was killed at the knee of a police office using unreasonable force to detain George, and despite George crying out "I can't breathe!" the officer continued to kneel on him for over eight minutes. Another two officers were restraining George with yet another preventing the crowd from intervening. I can understand the anger of the crowd seeing police officers using unreasonable force to restrain a [Read more...]

Calling all Hooky Christians!

It is an interesting static that out of the 2,500 or so folk living in Hook Norton, only around 2% regularly worshipped in the two Christian churches in the village; St Peter's church and the Baptist church, pre-Covid-19 lockdown! According to the 2011 census, 60% of the population identified as Christian, and yet less than 6% regularly attended church at least once a week, if you believe Wikipedia. So using that statistic, I have been wondering, where do the other 4% of Hooky Christians [Read more...]

Need help?

One of the most interesting things about Jesus is that he helped a lot of people. Not just the folks that followed him, but anyone he came across who had a need. There are many examples in the bible like the Roman centurion who asked for help for his servant, the lame man at the pool of Bethesda, the woman who was bleeding and touched his cloak. He didn't discriminate. He was open to all, or to coin a modern phrase, he was inclusive! Image by Keith Johnston from Pixabay We, at the Baptist [Read more...]

An Indian Odyssey – Day Eleven

We woke in the early hours, about 3am, as Pastor Paul was collecting us at 4am to take us to Bengaluru airport. He was early, and we hit the road at 4am. This was the quietest traffic we had ever seen! After saying our goodbye to Paul we made it through check-in to Passport Control where, once again, I had to wait whilst the officer checked every detail of my passport and evisa before finally letting me through to Departures. I must have a certain look because it seems that I have more [Read more...]

An Indian Odyssey – Day Ten

I just couldn't believe how quick this week had gone. This morning, I had the privilege of preaching at the church again. I preached on Psalm 23 on how Father God is our Good Shepherd, how he provides, protects and directs our lives. Lee shared some prophetic words, and we prayed for many people afterwards. I felt particularly drawn to talk to a young lady and felt the Lord had given me a word for her. I shared it with her and Pastor Paul and prayed that the Lord would confirm or otherwise [Read more...]