making and maturing disciples of Jesus Christ in Birmingham and for the world

Posts by Chris Hobbs

Well done, everyone!

Dear Friends, There was a wonderful sense at our ‘Explore’ events last weekend of the whole church family being ‘on mission’ together.  There were so many people involved in organising the weekend and publicising events, inviting friends and family, neighbours and colleagues, coming along themselves and bringing others, setting up and clearing away, and not […]

A sceptic meets Jesus

Dear Friends, This weekend we have been following ‘A sceptic’s guide to Jesus.’  What better, then, to reflect on an incident when a sceptic actually met Jesus?  The story is familiar enough.  Thomas, one of Jesus’ disciples, told the other disciples that he would not believe that Jesus had been raised from the dead “unless […]

The leader we need

Dear Friends, Whoever becomes the new leader of the Conservative Party will also become the new Prime Minister of this country.  So, whatever our political affiliation, it has implications for all of us.  What kind of leader do we need, then?  Some will be hoping for a leader who will unite the Conservatives.  Others will be hoping for someone […]

Unafraid to be weak

Dear Friends, Some of us will know David Powlison from his ministry with CCEF.  You may not know that he was diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic cancer in November.  He was due to give the closing comments at the Westminster Seminary graduation ceremony in May, but was too fragile to attend, and so a statement […]

Be who you want to be

Dear Friends, Identity is one of the big questions of our time – if not the big question.  There’s the search for identity: Who am I?  Then there’s the desire to create an identity.  After all, nobody wants to be a nobody – as Rocky put it in the film of the same name: “All […]

The Valley of Vision

Dear Friends, Many of us know that reading the Bible and praying is the root of a strong spiritual life.  Yet most people I know find reading the Bible easier than praying.  There is one book I have returned to more than any other in seeking to make my personal prayer life – where I […]

You have saved the best till now

Dear Friends, I enjoyed the story this week of diners in Manchester who had the happy experience of being served a bottle of wine worth 17 times as much as the one they had ordered.  They had ordered a £260 bottle of Bordeaux and received instead a bottle of Chateau le Pin Pomerol 2001 costing […]

What should I have said?

Dear Friends, I’m sure we’ve all been in a situation where we wish we’d said something better, something more Christian and Christ-centered, but couldn’t work out what to say and so said nothing at all.  Let me tell you of one such moment, in the hope that we might help one another to do better […]

What a mess we’re in

Dear Friends, I was dismayed when I read the latest GAFCON Quarterly.  It spoke of the chaos surrounding the 2020 Lambeth Conference for bishops in the Anglican Communion.  It turns out that the ‘spouses’ of three bishops who are in same-sex unions will not be invited because this is felt not to be “appropriate”.  However, […]

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