As 2019 approaches, many will begin to discuss whether or not it is right to do ‘New Year’s Resolutions’, let me be clear, this blog is not about resolutions, but it is about why it would be good and beneficial to make 2019 the year that you read through the whole Bible! Here is 7 reasons why!
Christmas is an exciting time isn’t it? There is so many things to do, if you are anything like me you need a calendar to make sure you fit everything in – Decorate trees, go to the Christmas market, write Christmas cards, visit the family, prepare for Christmas Dinner and if I can squeeze in the time, head to the pantomime with the family.
As part of the FIEC Pastors network, I was able to attend the FIEC leadership conference this week. It was my first time attending this conference, based in Torquay (yes, I really did drive 5 hours from Lincoln!) with about 900 church leaders joining together across 3 days. I love going to conferences, they are often encouraging and help re-energise! So that you don’t feel left out, here is 10 take away’s from my time in Torquay!
As a family, we moved to Lincoln 4 months ago. As with any move, there was a lot of change – new school, new house, new job, new routine and even simple things like a new language (yes, I know, it’s still English, but it’s different from Scottish English)! Change can often be exciting, but for our children it has been hard at times to adjust. It is from this difficulty that I was reminded of a meaningful Biblical truth.
Let me set the scene for you - the letter to Philemon was written about AD 60. It was written by the Apostle Paul, most likely during his first imprisonment in Rome. It was also during this time the letters of Ephesians and Colossians were also written. Philemon is the shortest of all the Apostle’s letters with only 335 Greek words.
Last week, Miriam and I attended the Proclamation Trust EMA conference in London. A 3-day conference for church leaders, preachers and teachers. The topic this year was ‘Preaching Christ from Scripture’. Last week, Miriam and I attended the Proclamation Trust EMA conference in London. A 3-day conference for church leaders, preachers and teachers. The topic this year was ‘Preaching Christ from Scripture’.