Today was my long-awaited first day as Youth Minister at Spurgeon Baptist Church, Bletchley (my home Church for 18 years). Having completed my Degree in Youth and Community Work & Applied Theology at the Centre for Youth Ministry in June, I’ve had a relatively quiet summer whilst waiting to be… Read More »First Day Reflections
During my Degree at the Centre for Youth Ministry I’ve collected a large number of related books, with thanks to the Central Baptist Association for a generous book grant. I expect I’ll make good use of them during the next few years, but would like to loan them out to… Read More »Youth Ministry Bookshelf
3 years 9 terms 20 modules 1 dissertation 18 assignments 24 reflective journals 12 directed tasks 106,000 words 18 fieldwork meetings 18 professional formation group meetings 108 journey’s to/from Oxford 12,024 miles countless laughs/tears/loving insults Feeling now it’s all done = PRICELESS!!
Today I started reading Life of the Beloved by Henri Nouwen for the Worship & Spirituality module at CYM. I’m half-way through which for me is a record (ok, it’s a short book and fairly big text) and so far I’ve found it really inspiring and challenging. I’m looking forward… Read More »Life of the Beloved – Henri Nouwen
Jesus was only ever able to seize the moment because He spent so much time in prayer and in the presence of His Father. Jesus spent hours every day in personal spiritual preparation. Then, when He had a relational encounter, He was spiritually aware enough to see straight into the… Read More »Seize the Moment
“God isn’t looking for people of great faith, but for individuals ready to follow Him.” – Hudson Taylor – “It is the duty of every Christian to be Christ to his neighbour.” – Martin Luther – “It is not my ability, but my response to God’s ability, that counts.” –… Read More »Ready to Follow?
For my Culture, Society & Mission module I’m currently reading Exiles: Living Missionally in a Post-Christian Culture by Michael Frost, and thoroughly enjoying it. I’m a slow reader and a quick forgetter – so here, partly for my own reference purspose, are some of the quotes which jumped out at… Read More »Flushed With Mercy
The title of this post is a phrase we frequently quote both during and between lectures – and is usually said with tongue firmly planted in cheek. The phrase was my first thought when I read the quote below: “I wanted a bike, and asked God to give me one.… Read More »Theologically Reflect on that!