Relationships across cultures: OMF September 2017

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them (Gen 1:27)

No doubt we were deeply saddened, even angry at the events that took place in Charlottesville in the US. Acts of violence and hatred which have ripped people apart all to do with the idea of racial and cultural superiority. Let’s be clear, as I am sure we all are, this is wrong and evil. There is no such thing as superiority due to the colour of someone’s skin. Continue reading

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Our Lives Refrain: OMF July/Aug 2017

“For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain” (Philippians 1:21)

 

Across the world there have been many people over the years who have given themselves for what they believe in. These last few months have seen many events in our own nation vividly illustrating this point. Take the attacks in Manchester & London or the rallying cry of either the political left or right as good examples. With tensions rising and global financial markets increasingly uncertain it seems unavoidable that we, as God’s redeemed people, remember our purpose. Continue reading

Though you do not see him: OMF April 2017

“Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible” (1 Peter 1:8)

As Peter writes to the believers scattered across the Roman empire in the first century he is well aware of the challenges that they face. For many the pressure to conform would have been immense and the risk of identifying as a believer in the crucified Messiah would have been high. Continue reading

Off The Shelf: 2016 Review

Changes seems to be the word which best sums up the past year for me on a personal level. There has been the death of a close relative, the birth of my first child (Sophia Jane Paterson), moving house, starting a new ministry role & travel to Singapore. However it also seems an appropriate word when we consider global politics. This time last year I don’t think14207610_1314793918560930_1006126931478282718_o there would have been many people who would have expected that Nigel Farage and Boris Johnson would have brought the conservative front bench to their knees. Maybe even less likely was “the Donald” winning the US Presidential election (the only president in history to receive a stunner from Stone Cold). It has also been a year of change in popular culture with the departure of many well loved contributors such as Prince, Bowie, Fisher & Rickman.

It has been a year to pay attention to for many reasons and here are things which have greatly shaped me over the last 12 months; here is my 2016. Continue reading

Being sent at Christmas: OMF December 2016

“And the word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory” (John 1:14)

One of the things which struck me most as we landed back in London on the 18th of December 2014 was the vast amount of things there were to see at this time of year. Commercial Christmas was everywhere to be seen in a way that it was not in Bangkok. Lights, trees, various decorations, seasonal drinks at Starbucks… It was all there and it was quite overwhelming. Continue reading