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

This is a short article attempting to address current issues from a Christian perspective, or to shed light on specific Bible passages or Christian truths. It is usually written by Chris Hobbs, the Senior Minister (Vicar), and appears in the weekly notice sheet.

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Everyone’s a worshipper

Dear Friends, Worship is a bit like faith: everyone worships something or someone, just as everyone has faith in something or someone.  The only question is:  What/whom do we worship?  In what/whom do we have faith? Here is what the novelist David Foster Wallace said to the 2005 graduating class at Kenyon College, Ohio: “Everybody […]


Dear Friends, Have you noticed how much there is in the New Testament about hospitality?  We are told to “practise” it (Romans 12:3) – apparently it requires effort.  We are to offer it “without grumbling” (1 Peter 4:9).  We’re not to “forget” to do it (Hebrews 13:2) – our guests may be angels.  Church leaders “must […]

All things? For good? God? Really?

Dear Friends, Romans 8:28 has long been a special verse for me.  My mother ‘gave’ it to me when I moved away from home.  And it’s the beginning of the passage Helen and I had for our wedding.  It’s one I’ve returned to many, many times.  It has been in my mind again recently as […]

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 […]

Explore is coming!

There are only three weeks left until Explore: a sceptic’s guide to Jesus. This is our weekend of events (11-14 July) with Glen Scrivener to help us all make Jesus known here in Birmingham. Feeling nervous? Me too! It can be a pretty daunting thing to talk to our friends and neighbours about Jesus and invite […]

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 […]

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