It's not what we had hoped

We had hoped that more people would show up.

Right now, we are primarily holding to the truth that it’s worth doing even for just one person. And that is what is now happening. When we launched the group, there was the potential for seven or eight people to turn up. But there ended up only being the one.

The following week, when we were getting ready to meet again, my wife became ill and so we had to cancel for a week. After that, when we got ready for it again, we ended up having nobody show up.

I had cooked for a crowd so we’ve been eating the leftovers for the last few days.

The one guy that had turned up ended up not being well and also not having enough credit on his phone to send me a text to say he wouldn’t be able to come. He’s a guy that I have been meeting with one-to-one for a while now and it’s been quite a task, trying to move the conversation toward the gospel.

Anyway, my pastor and I decided the best course of action for now is to continue meeting with just this one guy to go through the material. My sincere hope is that his eyes would be opened to the truth that he still cannot see. He keeps asking for evidence but doesn’t seem sure what that evidence would be. My prayer is that I can be patient and remember that I too was once blind and unable to believe.

Christ cried to a Father who was silent as he let him die, so that you could cry to a Father who will hear you and give you what you need to live. - How People Change by Tim Lane & Paul Tripp 📚

Surprise Day Off

Had a day off in the week because I’m working on Saturday. It’s been a good one.

It’s springtime in Liverpool!

Really enjoying getting to read a book that I don’t have to read. 📚

Catching up on some reading for my Biblical counselling course in a nearly-empty Caffé Nero. Seeing how sitting in the sunniest seat upstairs does for me after a very long, stressful week.

Just took the recycling out and found these guys (and a few more on the side of the wall) enjoying the light rain.

It’s a sad day when you finish a bag of Manumitv Coffee but didn’t order a refill in time.

Sometimes, you just need a bit of avocado toast in the morning.

Preaching on Luke 9:43-62

On Sunday, I did something that I have been terrified of doing for a very long time. Over the course of 15 years of working toward being in full time ministry the one thing that I never really considered being something that I would do was preach.

But this past Sunday, that is exactly what I did. Even two years ago, speaking in public was something that still felt beyond me. I would do it every other week as part of leading worship at Redeemer Fellowship but it was only in 30-second chunks. And I had my guitar to hide behind. This time, the only thing I had in front of my was a music stand holding my iPad. And I didn’t even die!

Anyway, here is a link to the audio from the sermon that I preached at Trinity Church Everton.

A Day Out

I’ve got thoughts still brewing on how things went on the first night of Christianity Explored, but before I share thoughts, this…

It’s the Early May bank holiday and it was my eldest daughter’s turn to go into town with me. We had a great day in spite of the rain.

We took the bus to Queen’s Square instead of our normal bus to Liverpool One.

Our first stop was the World Museum. We checked out dinosaurs, ancient Egypt and the new exhibit from the Astronomy Photographer of the Year.

It was very rainy for most of the day. The sun didn’t come out until we were on the bus home!

We finished up with afternoon tea at 60 Hope Street! It was a really nice way to spend a day off and it was especially nice to spend some time with my daughter.

Doing some more studying while I roast a chicken. We’re starting this group up tomorrow and I’m really excited and more than a little bit nervous. This on top of sermon prep this week has made it a very Scripture-filled week. I am both overwhelmed and overjoyed.

“Your speech reveals your heart.” - Dr. Tim Lane

There is nothing outside a person that by going into him can defile him, but the things that come out of a person are what defile him.” (Mark 7:15, ESV)

Really excited to give this a go. It’s coffee roasted by people who have been freed from modern slavery.

Evangelism in our home

I’m really excited about starting this group up at our house this Thursday. It, like participating in the inter-faith dialogues, feels like the reason why we moved to 🇬🇧. If you’ve been following along as I’ve shared a bit about this, do be praying for the people that join us as we look at Mark’s gospel and learn about why it is such good news.

One of those dark and stormy night when the bus decides it doesn’t need to show up on time.

This book I’m reading for my biblical counselling course is really making my brain hurt, but on the plus side, I’m marking it up with a Muji pen. My first time using one and they’re amazing.

The Bank Holiday

Something that I have really, really appreciated since we have moved back to Britain is the existence of bank holidays and the fact that I am fortunate enough to be doing a job that allows me to take advantage of them. We had originally planned on making a trip to the Wirral today but have instead decided to just spend it near home in Stanley Park walking around and playing football.

It’s been a few weeks since I’ve painted. I always forget how nice it is to spend half an hour making something from start to finish. 6035DF3D-706E-49FA-8D50-1CC863C604A5.jpg

Day off in town! Just after paying £2.50 for a 99p Flake! 9F3BF1A4-3BED-4EDB-B63F-FA754FC793BA.jpg

Blue skies over Liverpool! AF6D15D3-D0C6-47D9-B585-B5BEE38F0661.jpg

Current status: starting to kind of get into opera and Bowie at the same time.

A brief reflection on making videos

I’ve spent the last couple of weeks working on videos for our church’s Good Friday event. My thoughts as I look back on it are:

  • Making videos is fun
  • I want to get my own camera to keep doing this
  • iMovie is quite a lot more capable today than it was when I first used it

It’s funny how some if the hobbies I’ve had in the past are proving to be really useful in my current ministry context.