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Reading Creation

By Gerry Straker, 21 Apr 2020

It has been a gorgeous few weeks weather wise, don’t you think? We want to thank God for the sunshine. But the sunshine is not only an opportunity to thank God, the sunshine teaches us. We’ve been thinking recently about reading books, and there’s more...

Reading Creation

On Reading 2: Reading Changes Lives

By Gerry Straker, 20 Apr 2020

Reading is very powerful, it changes lives. ‘An ungodly Welsh clergyman, shopping at a fair in the eighteenth century, bought an article which happened to be wrapped in a page torn from an old Puritan portfolio [a form of book]. The reading of that one page...

On Reading 2: Reading Changes Lives

On Reading 1: Under lockdown or not, Bible first

By Gerry Straker, 17 Apr 2020

Psalm 19: ‘The ordinances of the LORD are sure and altogether righteous. They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the comb. By them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward.’...

On Reading 1: Under lockdown or not, Bible first

Resurrection Hope

By Gerry Straker, 13 Apr 2020

Everyone’s hopes have been dashed in all sorts of ways whether that’s going away, enjoying the sunshine, or eating lunch with friends. This coronavirus seems to know no boundaries and no borders. Country, class, colour, clan, culture or creed make no difference. And some people’s hopes...

Resurrection Hope

Serving during Coronavirus

By Gerry Straker, 10 Apr 2020

On Good Friday, we think about Jesus the Servant King (Mark 10:45). Jesus’ whole life is serving his death is serving and his rule is serving as he blesses his subjects. And we are to be servants, slaves of all. That is true greatness. So: ‘Do...

Serving during Coronavirus

God’s gift of technology

By Gerry Straker, 06 Apr 2020

Technology is everywhere; it is utterly inescapable. I am writing this on my desktop computer with a bluetooth keyboard on a desk I put together made by Ikea, under electric light, in a house with a roof, and I am suspended 2 and a half...

God’s gift of technology

Mark 15:29-39 Reflection

By Gerry Straker, 05 Apr 2020

Right now, it can feel like the world is against us, but Jesus really did have the world against him – even those crucified with him, mock him (32)! Mark’s recorded some of what was said to teach us. The insults are ironic (with irony, the...

Mark 15:29-39 Reflection

Why we sing

By Jon Lindsay, 04 Apr 2020

I really miss meeting with my church family.I really miss eating with my church family.I really miss singing in my church family. When the elders ‘met’ to discuss what church would look like in the age of a pandemic, singing was one of our non-negotiables. Why?...

Why we sing

Making the most of the times II

By Gerry Straker, 03 Apr 2020

Yesterday, we were reminded that we want to make the most of the times. Here are some of the practical ideas from Wednesday night along with a few new ones. Obviously, we need to do our very best to follow government advice. We're to stay at...

Making the most of the times II

Making the most of the times

By Gerry Straker, 02 Apr 2020

Do you remember before the coronavirus? Can you remember driving? Can you remember the Morecambe Prom? Can you remember there used to be something called ‘sport’? Well at Church by the Bay, before the coronavirus hit we were thinking about the first step to Church growth. Each of us...

Making the most of the times