Cherry blossoms are a big deal in Japan. As spring progresses there is expectation in the air. Many across the country are waiting to see the trees erupt into full bloom. People travel the length and breadth of Japan for the simple purpose of getting the chance to soak up the wonder of nature. There is even a cherry blossom forecast estimating which date is likely to be the best for witnessing the spectacle. Continue reading
Recently there have been a series of books released by the Keswick convention seeking to deal with important aspects of christian life and ministry. Mission Matters follows in this series and does not disappoint. Like many of the books written by Tim Chester (author and church leader from Sheffield) it is readable, reliable and thought provoking. Continue reading
That’s right! Support less missionaries is what I’m saying. Have I lost it? No, I don’t think so. It may seem like a totally counter-intuitive thing to say but hear me out. Allow me to use an analogy from daily life. There are lots of things you would like to do aren’t there? Places to see and things to get involved with. New sports, recipes, careers, languages, skills etc…. But realistically, it is impossible to do all of them given the demands of daily life. Continue reading
When I was a child one of my favourite things to do was to help plant trees, flowers and assorted growing things in the garden. This involved a lot of digging. You needed to prepare the ground ready to plant. The correct tools were essential. Finding the right place to start digging was another key factor (at age 5 I always had guidance). Digging was sometimes hard work, it was often messy but it was always rewarding.
How can we be more practical? This is the question which many people ask when it comes to global missions and engaging with the local community. On one level this is a fair question from (usually) good motives. Churches obviously want to be able to communicate in a way which is accessible to those outside. That being said it is important that we don’t over look the most practical thing available to us. Continue reading
I don’t know about you but I find reading Christian biography a great privilege. It allows me a window through which to view some of the most important and influential moments and experiences of someones life of faith. Not only that, I find that as I
read more of the sovereign, kingly rule of Christ is displayed and it has a staggering capacity to draw praise from my heart and soul. Continue reading
Life can be hard at some points and there will be ups and downs along the way. This is a simple fact which affects all humans indiscriminately. We will all face difficulties and the severity of them will differ from person to person. So what keeps the Christian focused in these times? Or to put it another way, how do we remain faithful to Christ through trials without becoming jaded or cold? Continue reading