Simple stuff with great symbolism which leads to a serious challenge for those who take the Bible with any degree of seriousness.
I've been thinking a lot about that recently and here's my (half baked?) ideas.
What links the Bread of Life to the House of Bread to challenge those who live without hunger?
Bread is not the most straight forward food to produce. The whole process of planting, waiting, harvesting, milling, mixing, kneading and baking is hardly self evident. Yet, over millennia it has become a basic food worldwide in all sorts of forms. (click to continue in pdf format)
Grotto of the Sleeping Disciples - Gethsemane, Jerusalem
I go to church
It's not that I just go to church, I am part of church. The worldwide communion that is the body of Christ on earth in our generations. Along with the eternal gathering of all those who have ever and will ever follow Jesus as disciples. It's pretty amazing company ;-)
The little bit of that body of Christ that I'm a part of is Sutton Coldfield Vineyard Church.
We now have a wunnerful new website - go and have a look
This is what we believe about ourselves and our place in the world:
1) The Church we see…is devoted to God the Father, promoting a Jesus-centred life empowered by the Holy Spirit.VISION
2) The Church we see…is a diverse family which is friendly, inclusive, accepting of all people and bridges the generations.VALUES
3) The Church we see…exists to help people encounter Jesus and enable them to do life well.MISSION
4) The Church we see…takes responsibility to develop God-given gifts to serve others.STRATEGY
5) The Church we see… joyfully celebrates life and is growing together in a real and honest way. CULTURE
Following Jesus… focused on doing life well.
Christian Aid Week
Christian Aid Week is coming again 12th - 18th May. Along with hundreds of thousands of volunteers around the country I'll be going from house to house near where I live asking my neighbours if they can help support people who are living in poverty and campaigning to end the causes of poverty. Why? Read on...
Thoughts on the path
The soil of the path across a field is no less fertile than where the crops grow - it's just been trodden on and walked all over. The seed that's thrown there is easily eaten by birds as Jesus told in his story about a farmer.
What can we learn about how our message of Good News is heard by people whose lives, like the path, have been walked all over?