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
Contributed by Alexier Mayes on Aug 8, 2017
Theres a song written by Ian Brown, known most famously as the Lead Singer from Manchester Band 'The Stone Roses'
The song simply entitled FEAR uses the letters of the word to describe a sentence and the most poignant one of all states:-
FINAL EXECUTION AND RESURRECTION
Four words which
St John Chrysostom says “I cannot believe in the salvation of anyone who doesn’t long for
Contributed by Alexier Mayes on Aug 22, 2015
In the 1995 movie ’The Usual Suspects’ the character Verbal utters these thoughtful words ’ The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the
Let me share with you two stories that happened within two years of each other in the second decade of the Twentieth Century.
The first you will know. On April 15, 1912, on which the Titanic plunged 12,000 feet to the Atlantic floor, some two hours and forty minutes after an iceberg tore a
Two films. The 2014 film “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” and the earlier “Lilo and stitch”.
In the Dawn of the Planet of the apes, small groups of human beings and intelligent apes have both survived a deadly plague. A group of humans trying to restart a hydro electric generator stumble across
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 OPPOSITE OF A CHRISTIAN
What would you say was the opposite of a Christian people? would it be an atheist people? a pagan people? Perhaps even a hypocritical people, an unforgiving people. What would be your answer?
When the novelist George bernanos was asked this question "What is the
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
Contributed by Warner Pidgeon on Dec 24, 2012
Two hundred years ago, in the early 19th Century, as astonishing as it may seem, Christmas in Great Britain had become almost extinct. The Times newspaper did not mention Christmas once between 1790 and 1835. Not once! However, Charles Dickens was instrumental in reviving Christmas during the
I end with words from The Lion, the witch and the wardrobe, in which Mr Beaver describes Aslan, the lion who represents Jesus.
“Safe?” said Mr Beaver. “Didn’t you hear what Mrs Beaver tells you? Who said anything about
LOVE ONE ANOTHER...?
A story from the Peanut’s cartoons - you know - with Snoopy and Charlie Brown:
It’s Christmas time and Lucy comes in where Charlie Brown is standing and says, "Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown. `Tis the season of peace on earth and good will toward men. Therefore, I suggest
Contributed by Warner Pidgeon on Nov 5, 2012
THE JOURNEY OF JONATHAN AITKEN
Jonathan Aitken was a British war correspondent in Viet Nam, Chief-Executive of TV-AM, and for 23 years an MP including time as Chief Secretary to the Treasury, and a Defence Minister.
Jonathan Aitken's life fell apart after he was caught telling a lie under
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