• Jesus the BBQ King! 28th April 19

    It was thrilling at the baptismal service on Easter Sunday, to hear four people give testimony to how God had transformed their lives. Later in the service, through an overview of the life of Simon Peter, we saw how God has always been in the business of transformation. This morning...

  • Easter Sunday 2019!

    There is a curious verse in the book of Revelation which speaks about ‘the Lamb who was slaughtered before the world was made.’ (Rev 13:8). In order to explain, at least in part, the meaning of the phrase, I would like to draw your attention to the amazing story of...

  • Be Still Sunday 14th April 19

    Given the political chaos in which we find ourselves, I cannot think of a better way of serving you than sharing the glorious words of Psalm 46. The Psalmist writes: God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble. So we will not fear when earthquakes come and...

  • Great Faith Sun 7th April 19

    I have just finished preparing a message from an incredible passage in 1 Samuel Chapter 14. The story concerns Saul’s eldest son Jonathan. King Saul has just received word from the prophet Samuel that, due to his rebellion, the Lord will take the kingdom from him and give it to...

  • Up and Down! Sun 31st March 19

    This week I was reminded of a fairly unknown verse in the book of Haggai. God’s people had returned from exile with the express purpose of rebuilding the temple. Yet, within months of their return we read; ‘the LORD sent this message through the prophet Haggai: “Why are you living in luxurious...

  • Songs Sun 10th March 19

    A couple of weeks ago I shared briefly about ‘hymns, psalms and spiritual songs’. This phrase is used twice by the Apostle Paul in his letters to the churches. Firstly, in Ephesians 5:19 and secondly in Colossians 3:16. When writing to the Ephesians, Paul suggests that this is the outworking...

  • Hearts and Minds 3rd March 19

    I have just returned from the annual Life in the Spirit Conference. Although always a great time, this year felt especially fruitful. However, as we all know, life is not a perpetual conference or a never ending holiday. There is for us all the challenge, to get on with the...

  • A brief look at logo’s Sun 17th Feb 19

    In a couple of weeks’ time, a small group of us are getting together in order to look at developing a new church logo. The idea is that we will come up with a simple concept that perfectly represents the values and vision of the church. Yes you are right....

  • Be Still Sunday 10th feb 19

    We are now counting down the United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union in days not months. Possibly! Despite the speculation, the truth is that no one knows actually knows whether we will leave or we won’t leave. Nor can anyone be certain of what the future really holds. Therefore...

  • Psalm 32 Sunday 27th Jan 19

    David starts the thirty second Psalm with these wonderful words;‘Oh, what joy for those whose disobedience is forgiven,whose sin is put out of sight! Yes, what joy for those whose record the Lord has cleared of guilt whose lives are lived in complete honesty! (Ps 32:1-2). In considering these words, my mind firstly soars in a...

  • Becoming Less Sun 25th Nov 18

      A number of years ago, an elderly lady in our church told me why she refused her friends invitation to attend a meeting at which there was a very well-known visiting preacher. ‘His name is bigger than Jesus’ on the poster’, she said! Her insight told me a lot...

  • Joy in Jesus Sun 18th Nov 18

    The Christian life can be full of twists and turns, ups and downs, but should never be boring. As we journey with The Lord, he teaches us to trust him in every eventuality and makes known, his plans and purposes for us. More thrilling however, he continues to teach us...

  • Praise God! Sunday 4th Nov 18

    I woke on Thursday morning to see the following headlines in the Guardian; Asia Bibi: Pakistan court overturns blasphemy death sentence. The journalist explained how ‘the Christian farm labourer, a 47-year-old mother of four, was sentenced to hang for blasphemy in 2010. She had angered fellow Muslim farm workers by taking...

  • Come to Me Sunday 28th October 2018

    Last week I had the privilege of speaking briefly from what I believe is one of the most wonderful passages in Scripture. I want you to picture the scene. Jesus and his followers are surrounded by a crowd who are weighed down by the rules and regulations imposed upon them...

  • God our….Helper! Sun 7th Oct 18

    Aware that Psalm 63 was shared at the prayer meeting last Monday lunchtime, I decided to read it for myself. Although familiar with the passage, I saw something in the text that I hadn’t noticed before. David, the songwriter, finds himself in the Judean wilderness; in danger; on the run...

  • Take Heart. Sun 18th August 2018

    In the aftermath of the latest terrorist attack on London, politicians took to the airwaves in order to condemn the atrocity and suggest solutions. Tragically however, interviews were cut short as news started to filter through of the road the bridge that collapsed in Genoa. Within moments we were reminded...

  • Look Up! Sun 12th Aug 18

    I have recently been reading the Psalms and have again been impressed by the honesty with which the writers bare their hearts, openly and honestly before God. Psalm 34 is written from a back-drop of despair. David, in fear of his life, flees the king and finds himself in the...

  • The God who still speaks Sun 5th August 18

    I was reminded this week of the words of Amos the Prophet. Amos, a contemporary of Isaiah, brought God’s word to the Northern Kingdom of Israel in a time of relative peace and stability. Yet, like Isaiah, Amos spoke of God’s judgement due to the people’s idolatry and complete disregard...

  • An Eternal Hope Sun 29th July 18

    It seems wherever I go and whoever I talk to, there is only one topic of conversation. The weather! Although much of the talk is fairly superficial and concerns how to keep cool, journalists and scientists insist that the recent heatwave is evidence of something more concerning. Although I have...

  • Psalm 67 Sun 22nd July 18

    At the prayer meeting on Friday morning, I shared, a Psalm that over the years has become really precious to me. In Psalm 67, the composer starts by asking ‘May God be merciful and bless us. May his face smile with favour on us’ (vs. 1). Of course that’s a...

  • Keep Hoping! Sun 15th July

    I woke up on Thursday morning with my mind on one thing. That’s right, it was the morning after England had crashed out of the World Cup Semi Finals. Like so many football fans up and down the nation, I had written England off before the tournament began. Yet, as...

  • Taking responsibility Sun 1st July 18

    Whenever I am asked the question, ‘what do you miss about the North?’ the answer is always the same. The Moors! For the early years of my life I lived on in the foothills of the Pennines and later for twelve years, just two hundred metres from Saddleworth Moor. I...

  • God’s means of Growth 17th June 18

    It has been calculated that there are around one hundred people, associated with the Apostle Paul, mentioned in either the book of Acts or in his letters. Of these, twelve appear to be long term relationships. However, there is little question that Timothy, Paul’s assistant for up to fifteen years,...

  • Unchanged and Unchanging 10th June 18

    One lunchtime this week I looked at my diary in order to see I had three or four scheduled phone-calls to make. As opposed to sit in an airless office, I decided to wander up to the Castle Gardens with a coffee. As I looked down from the mound above...

  • Staggering! Sun 19th May 18

    On Friday, Ted opened the 7.00 am prayer meeting by reading, what I believe to be one of the most extraordinary verses in the whole of Scripture. John opens his Gospel by introducing to us, The Word. At the time of writing, The Word was debated by philosophers and religious...