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.”

 

 


The death of Stephen Hawking . . .

. . . was announced this week. He is feted as being one of the smartest men who has ever lived and has been instrumental in huge developments in our understanding of the cosmos. Yet Hawking claimed to be an atheist.

I once heard the American Baptist academic, Tony Campolo explain that when he met an atheist, he would often ask them to describe the kind of God they didn’t believe in. After they did so, Campolo would say, ‘I don’t believe in that kind of God either. Congratulations, you are well on your way to being a Christian!’ This is basically the response of Christian scientists to Hawking’s atheism. As Revd Dr David Wilkinson explains: “(Professor Hawking) demolished smaller Gods, and left us with the bigger, biblical God”.

This morning John Rouse will be speaking from John 14, where Jesus prays for his disciples. It is a remarkable window into their relationship and sets for us something of a model on how we can know God with a similar level of closeness.

This evening we share the service with our fabulous young people. We look at our next parable – the one about the sower and the different soils.