• 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...

  • Wonderful Truths Sunday 13th May 18

    Last weekend, Tracey and I enjoyed a few-days together in Dublin. One of our more cultural excursions was to one of the world’s oldest universities, Trinity College, in order to view the Book of Kells. These 9th Century Gospel manuscripts were written in Latin and decorated ornately by highly trained...

  • Transforming Text! Sun 6th May 18

    At the moment I am in the middle of a book that’s sat on my shelf for some months. The man who cycled the world is basically about, well….a man who cycled the world! It starts with him heading off, details a few pot-holes and innumerable breaks downs, and will...

  • No Yolk! Sun 29th April

    All of us who have walked with Jesus for some time will have a number of Scriptures that are particularly pertinent to us. Over the years, I have found myself returning, time and again, to the words of Jesus recorded in Matthew Chapter 11. Jesus said: “Come to me, all...

  • A rich Deposit April 8th 18

    Last week I had the privilege of speaking at the annual conference of the Countess of Huntingdon’s Connexion. I know, it’s a strange name, yet a fascinating story. ‘The Countess of Huntingdon was a truly remarkable woman. A product of, and contributor to, the religious revival of the eighteenth century....

  • Sun 4th March 17 As White as Snow

    Given the weather and our obsession with it, it would seem inappropriate not to make mention of it here. Six-hundred years before the birth of the Lord Jesus, God spoke through the prophet Isaiah. At the time, the people of Israel honoured their religious rituals, diligently observing the Law of...

  • Wonderful Truth Sun 25th Feb

    I thought it would be good to join with other believers around the world who are committed to meditations around Lent. I am therefore sharing with you, what I believe to be one of Charles Wesley’s greatest hymns. Indeed, Wesley only completed the hymn on his death bed in 1788...

  • A firm-Foundation Sunday 11th Feb 18

    There are numerous Biblical characters who experienced incredible highs and startling lows. Yet, I suspect few if any experienced the extremes that David knew. We first meet David as a shepherd boy who wrote songs of praise while tending sheep on the hills above Bethlehem. However, within a matter of...

  • Don’t be Robbed Sun 4th Feb 18

    Over the years, I have spent many hours with people who are facing a variety of difficult situations. Whatever their challenge. Whether it be bereavement, unemployment, sickness or strained relationships, I seek to encourage them, not to be ‘robbed’ of their joy in Jesus. In the scriptures we often read...