Because as Christians, we believe in believers baptism. We believe that baptism should follow when someone makes their own declaration of repentance and faith. Jesus gave Christians the Great Commission before he ascended to heaven "“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you." (Matthew [Read more...]
In Radio Oxford's Faith Place, Hedley Feast interviews Pastor Pete Brookes about Hook Norton and the Baptist Chapel.
Listen out on Radio Oxford on Sunday 10th September at 7:40am for an interview with Hedley Feast about Hook Norton Baptist Church!
ID 93826362 © Cornelius20 | Dreamstime.com I have sent a letter to my MP, Victoria Prentis, urging her to oppose the amendments to the Domestic Abuse Bill. This amendment before the House this week, will allow abortions up to 28 weeks for ANY reason, further weakening the protection of the unborn child. The bible tells us that God "knew us in our mother's womb" (Jeremiah 1:5, Psalm 139:16, Isaiah 49:5), indicating that our soul , our very essence, was alive and kicking before we were born! [Read more...]
During the Covid-19 lock-down I have been watching the daily government briefing from 10 Downing St. I have to say, I find the reporting of statistics and developments and actions very interesting and imformative, but one thing that really gets up my nose is the journalists questions! The questions from the public are far more relevant and interesting because they actually reflect what people want to know! After those questions have been answered, I tend to turn the TV off! I have managed [Read more...]
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...]
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...]
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...]
https://youtu.be/HajPx8Rn8Og Pastor Pete's Ponderings
A 12-minute video trying to capture ten days of experience on our trip to Bengaluru in January 2020. https://youtu.be/FD6rPhaImh4