Being healed from a broken back
On April 12th 1986 something happened to me that reset the course of my life. I was looking at quite a bleak, painful future and suddenly a change happened, wiping that gloomy prospect away
It’s a story of a miraculous healing from a severe physical injury for which I have medical and police documents describing the events that led to the incident causing the injury, the damage to my spine, the operation that was proposed to help stabilise the damage and the sudden healing that meant the operation was never carried out and how I returned to work in full health. For three decades now I have been living without any sign of the damage and no recurrence of the pain or other physical symptoms.
To tell the story I need to go back to August 3rd 1983. I was a Police Officer serving in Derby at the Peartree Police Station....
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Supporting files (sorry, some are large I'll sort that out given time):
Police telex about the accident
Surgeon's letter describing the injury
Medical report outlines treatment
GP's card with "miraculous' comment
Back to work report
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)
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 North Birmingham Vineyard Church (formerly Sutton Coldfield Vineyard).
We now have a simple, informative 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.
A season of Advent
I have prepared a series of daily reading, reflections, prayers and images for Advent.
It's a pdf document that opens below.
Have a look and let me know what you think.
Click to open Advent 2017
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?
Grotto of the Sleeping Disciples - Gethsemane, Jerusalem