I wrote this at the end of 2014
Fourteen years from the Millennium seemed a long time and now we are into a new year – again!!
I have spent much of last week preparing to lead a pilgrimage to Israel – a new experience for me.
And with the new it is good to recall the old.
Our Gospel reading is
The Road to Emmaus
The scene: A table in the Inn in Emmaus – with a big sign on the Table saying “The Good Samaritan Inn in Emmaus”
Luke and Cleopas seated around a Table
Cleopas and Luke start talking:
Cleopas: Luke, Where’s he gone – he was standing right there and puff - He just
Norman Vincent Peale wrote this:
"Ralston Young carries bags for a living but his real job is living the spirit of Christ as a porter in one of the world's greatest railway stations.
One day he was asked to take a little old lady to her train.
She was in a wheel chair so he took her down
Story: Some years ago, I attended called a conference called “Spring Harvest at Work” in Sheffield (in November 1998).
And what was memorable for me was that the conference organisers sprang a surprise interviewee on us – Jim Bakker- a pariah in the Evangelical community.
Indeed he was
THE RED BARON AND TEMPTATION
Manfred, Freiherr von Richthofen was a famous German First World War fighter pilot.
He was better known as the Red Baron because he flew a distinctive a red Fokker aircraft.
He shot down more combat planes than any one else on either side in the first World
The famous Dutch born Catholic priest and Christian philosopher Henri Nouwen – author of the book “The Wounded Healer” who died in 1996 said this about his own spiritual journey:
“After sixty-three years of life and thirty eight years of priesthood, my prayer seems as dead
I once read about in one of Richard Wurmbrand’s books.
“An elder of a local free Church in Communist Romania was brought before the judge for embezzlement - a crime he had not committed.
His defence lawyer started his defence plea by telling the Court of a well known story about the man that
Story: When Maddy and I were in Oxford at Wycliffe Hall, we used to go to Church in St Aldates.
About 11 years after leaving Wycliffe, I was in Oxford one Sunday and so I decided to go to the evening service at St Aldates (08-07-2012).
As I walked in. I looked at the bookrack in the entrance and
Bible Marketing Plan
An Anglican priest, Roman Catholic priest and Pentecostal minister went on a marketing course selling Bibles in Nottingham to supplement their incomes.
Before going on the course, they were asked to go around the week before and see how many Bibles they could sell.
Simon tells the story of Judson Cornwall, an American Pentecostal preacher who, after the war, was invited to speak at a renewal conference in Germany.
But Cornwall had a deep seated grudge against the Germans and simply threw the invitation into the bin.
Remarkably, when his wife emptied
TO MARTIN LUTHER'S SHAME
One of the blots on the career of the great German Reformer, Martin Luther, was his acquiescence to the bigamous marriage of Philip of Hess.
In 1530, at the height of the Reformation in Germany and where the Protestant cause was at its most vulnerable, Philip of
IF JESUS IS LIKE YOU
Richard Wurmbrand was a particular hero of mine, who died a couple of years ago. Wurmbrand was a Christian Lutheran minister who was put in prison for his faith in Romania by the Communist authorities for his faith.
While Wurmbrand was in prison, he shared a cell with a
INFIDELS READ THE BIBLE
When Benjamin Franklin was the US Ambassador to France, in Paris he would often converse with members of the 'Infidels' Club', a group of philosophers who spurned the Bible.
These intellectuals spent much of their time searching for and discussing masterpieces of
I like the story I read about US President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Apparently President Roosevelt got tired of the same inane small talk and smiles that he had to put up with at the innumerable White House receptions that he attended. So, one evening he decided to find
BLACK AND WHITE
A little girl was attending a wedding for the first time. She whispered to her mother, "Why is the bride dressed in white?"
Her mother replied: "Because white is the colour of happiness, and today is the happiest day of her life."
RECEIVING A WONDERFUL GIFT
The only son of a very wealthy man had his 21st birthday on Christmas Day. His mother gave him some gold cufflinks and engraved gold pens. His uncle and aunt bought him a set of TaylorMade R9 golf clubs that combined Flight Control Technology and Moveable Weight
NAPOLEON ON CHRIST
Napoleon Bonaparte, Emperor Napoleon I of France (1769-1821), was one of the greatest military commanders of all time. He conquered the larger part of Europe and did much to modernize the nations he ruled. What did Napoleon say about Jesus?
"I know men and I tell you that
HATE THE POLITICS, NOT THE PERSON
In his book, The Life God Blesses, Gordon MacDonald describes his encounter with a black South African, a high-ranking member of the African National Congress.
He was profoundly impressed by the man's understanding of African history and politics and his
THE ANGLICAN DOG
A man came to an Anglican Church and asked to see the Vicar.
"Vicar," he said, "My dog died and I would like a Christian burial for him."
The Vicar said, "I'm sorry to hear about your dog, but we Anglicans don't do funerals for dogs. You might try the Baptist church down
THE ACORN AND THE MARROW
An atheist was sitting under a tree one day smugly thinking:
"God, I know you don't exist - but it you did - you must really be stupid. You created a huge oak tree to carry this little acorn and such a puny plant to carry a marrow. Now, if I had been you, I'd have