Pastor’s Blog

Elder’s Blog February 2020

Time goes quickly by and I have wondered how much I am impacted by what I read and what I hear.  How much of what Ruth Meal wrote in this space in January can we recall or did we action?  The challenge is not intended to make us feel guilty but to encourage us that to pray, to read the … [Read more...]

Elder’s Blog January 2020

A New Year Challenge   As we enter a New Year and a new season in the life of our church, I would like to pick up on what Phil preached on last week from Philippians chapter 3.  We have a choice of whether we are going forward with trepidation, looking over our shoulder with regret at what has … [Read more...]

Pastor’s Blog January 2020

This is my last blog as pastor of Bramhall Baptist Church and I wanted to write briefly to express our gratitude to you for your love and friendship during our time here. Also to express appreciation for the gracious way in which you have taken news of our departure, it is reassuring that there … [Read more...]

Pastor’s Blog December 2019

I was recently party to a conversation about The Christmas Season. One of the people involved in this conversation was saying how he would never include the reading about the wise men in his Christmas services because it isn’t part of the Christmas story. Given that I’m going to preach on that story … [Read more...]

Pastor’s Blog November 2019

It’s hard to believe that we are in November already. I guess our minds will be turning willingly or unwillingly towards Christmas. I have been reading a book about Paul’s Pastoral theology. The general thrust of the book is that a key role of a pastor is to help shape the culture of a church. Each … [Read more...]

Pastor’s Blog October 2019

I’ve been thinking a lot about the presence of God recently and I have been struck by the words of Luke in Acts 4:13, as Peter and John stood before the Sanhedrin he notes that they, “realised that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been … [Read more...]

Pastor’s Blog September 2019

At the next Church Meeting which will be at the end of the month, Monday 30th September, there will be the opportunity to elect/re-elect elders and a treasurer. To help us think about that I will be preaching two sermons under the title, “Leadership Matters.” The title of these sermons is intended … [Read more...]

Pastor’s Blog August 2019

This is the second part of my reflections on 30 years in ministry, which I mark this summer. I want to reflect on 3 lessons that I’ve been learning during the last 30 years. I deliberately say, “learning” because I definitely haven’t fully learned them yet. Every time I pray I am challenged again … [Read more...]

Pastor’s Blog July 2019

This month marks a significant landmark for me. It is 30 years since I first entered full time ministry. In July 1989, Margaret and I packed up all our belongings and moved to Partington. Rebecca was 16 months old and Margaret was 8 months pregnant with Ruth. We arrived to a council house that was … [Read more...]

Pastor’s Blog June 2019

Margaret and I have just returned from a walking holiday in Scotland. We walked the East Highland Way from Fort William to Aviemore. On a number of the days we didn’t see any other walkers and very few other people. It was only Margaret and I. You can imagine that it didn’t take us long to run out … [Read more...]