So,

when I was a teenager there were three Christian books which you had to read. The first was ‘The Hiding Place’, the remarkable story of Corrie Ten Boom surviving the Nazi persecution of the Second World War. ‘The Cross and the Switchblade’, a tale of how a New York minister called David Wilkerson lead Nicky Cruz and his gang to faith. And finally ‘God’s Smuggler’, the story of Brother Andrew who smuggled thousands of copies of the Bible across the iron curtain and into communist Europe where Christian faith was proscribed and believers persecuted. This Sunday, we are delighted to have Andy Worthington speak to us, who now heads up church relations for Open Doors, the charity which Brother Andrew started. We will be hearing some remarkable stores of faith and hear the latest news from their World Watch List of the most difficult countries to be a Christian today.

Sunday evening, we will be looking at a cracking little passage which challenges many of our preconceptions about how we should relate to our employers and what it means to follow the way of Christ.

 


We welcome . . .

. . .  John McGinley as our guest this Sunday morning. He will be speaking to us on Mission and Discipleship.
John is New Wine’s Regional Director for the Midlands and East Region and Vicar of Holy Trinity Church, Leicester – a resource church seeking to encourage and support the mission of churches in Leicestershire and beyond.
John has written a book called Mission-Shaped Grace which is an attempt to capture what John believes God has been teaching His people about mission in our modern-day culture.
It’s great we can meet John as he will be joining us for our Church Weekend in June

New term, new book.

What kind of church is ABC? What is at the heart of ABC? What kind of church should ABC be?

Well, that’s quite enough questions for the time-being and questions which take some careful thought to answer. Over the coming few months we will be using the letter to the church in Ephesus to help give us some answers. The letter is an epic treatise on the nature of the church and we will find it repeatedly speaking into the life of ABC, sometimes reassuringly and at others with a challenge. I don’t quite know where this will leave us by the end of July, but I know we won’t be the same and I trust that God will be delighted by what he sees.

 


Today is the day of days.

The day when history is re-written. When death dies. When the consequences of sin face their own consequences and hatred undoes itself. It is the day when the end no longer becomes the end. It is the day that truth triumphs and it is that day that the gulf is bridged.

For this is the day that love wins.

 


Corrie ten Boom . . .

. . . was once asked if it were difficult for her to remain humble. Her reply was simple. “When Jesus rode into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday on the back of a donkey, and everyone was waving palm branches and throwing garments onto the road, and singing praises, do you think that for one moment it ever entered the head of that donkey that any of that was for him?” She continued, “If I can be the donkey on which Jesus Christ rides in his glory, I give him all the praise and all the honour.”