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

Thought for the Week (Page 3)

A man ablaze

Dear Friends, You may have heard the news that Michael Green died peacefully on Wednesday 6th February following a brief illness.  Many of us will remember Michael with great fondness and enormous gratitude as a persuasive evangelist, distinguished theologian and engaging author.  Even at St Stephen’s we have reason to thank God for him: he […]


Dear Friends, Do you believe that God has every detail of your life in his hands?  The places, the events and the times?  That’s what the Bible says!  In our evening services, we have been seeing God’s providence in the story of Joseph, in which his brothers clearly intended to harm him yet wonderfully “God intended it for […]

It’s all about love

Dear Friends, In some ways the Christian life is really very simple: it’s all about love.  First of all, it’s about God’s love for us.  Apparently it’s not that easy for us to grasp that we really are loved by God, small, weak and sinful creatures that we are.  So Paul feels the need to […]

How to walk into church (2)

Dear Friends, What do you think you’re coming to when you walk into church?  Your answer to that question will affect how you come: gladly or reluctantly; regularly or occasionally; asking what you’ll get out of it or seeking to serve others; expectant or resigned.  So what are we coming to? The New Testament word […]

How to Walk into Church

Dear Friends, I don’t suppose most of us give much thought to how we walk into church. We just do it. Somehow it happens and there we are, sitting in our seats. And then we sit through church. And then a little while later we walk out of church. And it’s done for another week […]

Subversive worship

Dear Friends, Have you realised that coming to church on Sunday is a subversive act? How can that be? It hardly feels subversive. Odd, perhaps, but subversive? It’s not as if our names are being taken by the authorities, or gatherings of more than two or three are prohibited, or church leaders are routinely disappearing. […]

Leaving well

Dear Friends, I will never forget the sight of Archbishop Peter Jensen joining our family one morning for Bible reading and prayer after breakfast, wearing his pyjamas and dressing gown. And I will remember him for something more, and that is the clarity and faithfulness of his leadership, most recently as General Secretary of GAFCON […]

Entrusted with a great task

How are you feeling about your ministries at church this year? Sometimes, we can feel less than enthusiastic. Another year of teaching rowdy kids? Another year of leading a small group of complex people? Another year of coaxing a half-hearted congregation into singing? Another year of serving tea and coffee, or moving chairs. On top […]

The way things are

Dear Friends, First of all, let me wish you a very Happy New Year – a year full of God’s blessing in which you experience more deeply just how good the Lord is, whose love endures for ever – especially as I shan’t actually be with you this Sunday. Hopefully I will have arrived in […]

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