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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The pope’s visit

Dear Friends, I’ve found myself surprised by the amount of coverage the pope’s visit is getting. It is a really big event! I probably shouldn’t be surprised, given that is is the first state visit by a pope to Britain. Given the coverage, it is almost bound to be a topic of conversation among people […]

Radical dependence

Dear Friends, One of the most thought-provoking chapters in John Stott’s The Radical Disciple, which I wrote about last week, is titled ‘Dependence’. He points out that humanity’s desire and search for independence is disastrous: The truth is that we are sinners who are dependent on God for his mercy and for his continuing grace. […]

The radical disciple

Dear Friends, Any book from John Stott’s pen is worth reading, and his latest work (and probably his final one, given that he is now in his eighties) certainly does not disappoint. In The Radical Disciple, he focuses on “eight characteristics of Christian discipleship which are often neglected yet deserve to be taken seriously”. As […]

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