The concept of ‘community’ is something I have frequently contemplated, explored, and drawn upon in the context of my job in academia, where much of the work I have done involves community-based research. Many theorists and social scientists have debated the meaning of community – which can be defined and interpreted in various ways and… Continue reading Revival: Building Kingdom Community
We have an opportunity. An opportunity that comes to a church once in a lifetime and one that could have an impact on thousands of people living in Coventry, the UK and potentially across the world. In 2021, Coventry is going to be the UK City of Culture. But why is this an opportunity? Why… Continue reading Creativity, Culture and The Church in Coventry
Whilst prayers and stories in the Bible about money or food can be easy to apply to our lives, those about fishing, farming or even war are harder ... If Jesus walked in our society today, might his stories involve nurses, engineers, or council workers?
I want to share with you some of what God has been doing in and through me over the past couple of years for his glory and to honour his faithfulness and provision… Picture the scene: I am a stay at home mum with 2 children. Ben is about 2 months old, Anna is 2… Continue reading Stepping Stones
Last Sunday, I introduced our series on the Life & Times of Elijah. In the months before preaching, I spent most of my time reading and rereading the stories contained in the books that set the scene for Elijah’s ministry: 1 Samuel, 2 Samuel and 1 Kings. As I went through them, God pointed out… Continue reading (Another) fork in the road
As Christians we have been called to love and serve the poor. This isn’t the main point of this post but in brief: We have a mandate from the Bible (Proverbs 14:31, Galatians 2:10; If you want to know more on this read Tim Keller’s excellent book “Generous Justice”). As a Church we have been… Continue reading What is happening on a Monday night?
It has taken me a long time to sit down and write this post. I’ve been grappling with its contents for weeks since the Catalyst Festival, and questioning whether to share what I believe God has been speaking to me about since Dave Fellingham’s striking prophetic word (Richard Bowpitt records this on the Catalyst Network… Continue reading “Do you really believe I can do this?”
I’m not a fan of cars. Growing up, cars never really seemed anything special. Sure, some looked nicer than others, but they got me from A to B and that was enough. I recognised my parents’ car by the number plate, and if you asked me what size engine my car has, I’d hold my… Continue reading Why Motofest isn’t just about cars
Catalyst Festival is so much more than camping in a big field and meeting thousands of Christians to worship and receive amazing teaching, it's a time to receive real blessing and renewal from the Holy Spirit. It's also an opportunity to serve and help others enjoy their festival experience. I love serving, and when the… Continue reading Serving the Servers: Amanda’s experience serving at Catalyst Festival
Let’s picture the Storied scene: A bookshop café fills up with people – they sip wine, nibble cake, and feel good, cosy, anticipatory feelings of an evening of entertainment ahead. They’re welcomed by a pizazzy MC, they settle bums into sofas… And then the evening’s storyteller takes to the mic. The room hushes. The stories begin…… Continue reading From Birth to Apocalypse: Reflecting on Storied this year