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A brief thought. In John 1:31 we read that, at Jesus's baptism, the Spirit descended and *remained* on Jesus - a detail only recorded in John's Gospel. Three writers - one ancient and two modern - have helped me understand... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2013 at One Life
Had a delightful afternoon with a couple of friends (Pat and Mark) in which they shared an experience as part of the Harrogate Town Pastors team. Town pastors, or street pastors, provide help and support to people out on the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2013 at One Life
One of the book's I'm currently reading is Bill Johnson's book 'Hosting the Presence.' Whilst I'm always variously stirred, intrigued and moved by Bill's speaking, I find his book's harder work -the overall narrative is a little disjointed for me.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2013 at One Life
How the world's changing. At the turn of the century, the total number of human beings alive on planet Earth was around 1.65 billion. Today, barely a hundred years on, it's reckoned on being over 7 billion and rising. In... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2013 at One Life
I'm on a little journey of discovery into the fascinating UK subculture of health and healing festivals. These events attract visitors interested in developing a healthier lifestyle, wanting to explore their spiritual side, or are just intrigued to find out if there is anything real behind exhibitors who claim to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2013 at Intrepid Treasure Hunters
Who am I called to reach with the Gospel? On one level that may sound like a pointless question - surely I'm called to reach everyone I can. On the one hand yes, on the other hand we can see... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2013 at One Life
There are a myriad of ways to share Christ's love. A regular approach from my church in Harrogate is to offer 'free hugs' on a Saturday afternoon. I must confess, I wondered how people would react to the idea of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2013 at One Life
So to round off this series of reflections, let's turn the issue on its head. If our only reference point to consider the origin of the universe was the universe itself, what might we conclude about the invisible hand that... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2012 at One Life
So how do we make sense of our precision-tuned-for-life universe? The admirable William Lane Craig gives us three alternatives - necessity, chance, or design. We can rule out the first of these. Within the same laws of nature, the constants... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2012 at One Life
"At some point we are all asked 'Which is the best argument you come up against from the other side?' I think every one of us picks the 'fine-tuning' as the one most intriguing. It is not trivial – we... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2012 at One Life
Both theists and non-theists concur that current scientific evidence forces us to consider the possibility of a universal creator. A hundred years ago, the scientific consensus was that the universe existed eternally in the past. To beleive then, with the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2012 at One Life
Whereas the apostle's creed affirms that this one God is creator 'of heaven and earth' the Nicene expresses the same concept in terms of 'maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.' Both express the view... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2012 at One Life
I believe in...well the next bit is slightly different in the two creeds. The Nicene has The Father, The Almighty, whereas the Apostle's creed just has the Father almighty. I'm sure there's a distinction here, but not sure it's worth... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2012 at One Life
I'll be reflecting for a while on the Nicene and Apostles' creeds. The former was written in Greek, and the latter I'm looking at in Latin (both translated by people who can actually read these languages). Both creeds provide the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2012 at One Life
Here's an account from our recent Sunday mission group meeting. Bob shares how he and Sue went hunting in Beeston. We continue to break new ground and pray for more.... After having approached a number of people and stepping out in faith several times that morning with no apparent result,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2012 at Intrepid Treasure Hunters
We began 2012 as we ended 2011 with Bob, Hilary and Geoff convening at the White Rose. Bob began asking if any of us had had any flashes of inspiration or insight during the week that might help us in our conversations during the evening. Geoff shared how he had... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2012 at Intrepid Treasure Hunters
For our last outing of 2012 we experimented. Instead of meeting at Bob's and praying before leaving we convened at the White Rose and prayed for clues in one of the seating areas. The result was quite a different evening. We had more time "on site" and used it both... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2011 at Intrepid Treasure Hunters
Our final accounts go from the amazingly typical to the amazingly amazing. Down the market With clues of a brown jacket, white trainers and problems with arthritis, Sue and Hilary struck up a fruitful and very open conversation with a lady who was, with some friends, visiting Leeds market. Another... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2011 at Intrepid Treasure Hunters
Customer service Dan, down from Durham, joined Neil on a venture into the City Centre. With clues following a football theme, they explored the JJB shop. The customer service was amazing. They approached one shop assistance and, after some pleasantries, asked if he had any back pain which was one... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2011 at Intrepid Treasure Hunters
Geoff doesn't have a great record when it comes to treasure hunting clues. About half the time he might get a location clue which leads to a conversation, but specifics about people aren't really his greatest strength. He aims to add value to hunts by being prepared to talk to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2011 at Intrepid Treasure Hunters
Sometimes on a treasure hunt you don't need to start with the clues. A situation comes your way that demands a response and, in responding, you discover how God has prepared the ground for you to demonstrate his compassion as Olu and Abbe discovered through clues that took them to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2011 at Intrepid Treasure Hunters
To provide an opportunity for more people in Mosiac to join a treasure hunt, Intrepid hosted what turned out to be a very damp November Saturday morning treasure hunt in Leeds city centre. Of the various people who joined us, one had previously hunted on a mission trip, one had... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2011 at Intrepid Treasure Hunters
Sometimes on the hunt, the quarry comes looking for you. This was the case, to some extent, the night we visited the White Rose where Geoff and Daren were approached by a trader in one of the malls. She was selling beauty products 'for the women in our lives' and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2011 at Intrepid Treasure Hunters
Last week in September Intrepid hit the streets again after the summer break and a time of much needed team input. As Bob has been reminding us, you can only overflow with what you're full of. Taking some time to be filled with the Spirit and reminding ourselves how to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2011 at Intrepid Treasure Hunters
Whist Intrepid is having a break for August, our treasure hunting friends in Darlo continue to work. Here's an extract from their blog. We all have nights like this, and whilst there were no conversations of note, honing skills in getting great location clues bodes well for the future. Here's... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2011 at Intrepid Treasure Hunters