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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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 […]

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, […]

What the resurrection proves

Dear Friends, “Alleluia, Christ is risen!  He is risen indeed, Alleluia!”  This Easter churches around the world will resound with that magnificent declaration, as they have for many centuries.  It is a glorious truth, the very centre of our faith.  But what does it prove that Christ is risen from the dead? It proves many […]

It’s a disgrace

Dear Friends, I was reading the Bible with someone this week when we came to these words: “Let us, then, go to him outside the camp, bearing the disgrace he bore” (Hebrews 13:13) – where “him” is Jesus and “outside the camp” refers to him being crucified outside the city. It’s a call to be […]

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