December 8, 2016

Do you ever think about how much you and your church have benefited from the extravagant generosity  of others? The churches we worship in, the pews where we sit, the organs on which our hymns are played, the kitchen where the tea and coffee are made… All these things and more are the result of other people’s...

December 8, 2016

In the reflection for day 32 Robert Schnase tells a story about two different families who were having their children baptized during the same service. After the service the grandfather from one of the families found himself holding the baby from the other family. As various members of the congregation spoke...

December 8, 2016

“They are to do good, be rich in good works, generous, and ready to share, thus storing up for themselves treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of the life that is really life.”

(1 Timothy 6 v 18-19)

Psalm 24 begins with the words “The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it...

December 8, 2016

Take from among you an offering to the Lord;

let whoever is of a generous heart bring the Lord’s offering (Exodus 35:5)

In today’s reflection Robert Schnase shares a story that many of us will be familiar with in our churches – being hit by an unexpected repair bill. This is something that many of us worry abo...

December 8, 2016

Extravagant generosity is at heart a response to what we know about God – that he is extravagantly generous to us - the giver of every good gift, and the source of life and love. It is also a recognition that all we have comes from God. As the Psalmist writes at the beginning of Psalm 24, “The earth is the Lo...

December 8, 2016

For those who want to save their life will lose it,

and those who lose their life for my sake will save it

Luke 9:24

Looking at the ministry of Jesus it is impossible to describe it as safe and comfortable. His life and ministry were marked by difficulty, danger, opposition, and risk.

As followers of Jesus we ar...

December 8, 2016

In the reflection for Day 27 Robert Schnase shares a story about a group of 4 women who decided to become literacy tutors to help women and children in a deprived area to improve their basic English skills. Week by week they spent time teaching, but also listening, talking, laughing and crying with the women...

December 8, 2016

Some years ago I was privileged to hear the testimony of a man named Gram Seed. You can listen to his powerful story here:

Gram came from Middlesbrough and from his early years ha...

December 8, 2016

A few years ago, a Methodist church in our region heard about a charity working in Kosovo to support widows, many of whom had lost their husbands during the Balkans wars in the 1990s. The widows had very little money to live on, and the winters were extremely cold.

A group of people from the church decided to...

December 8, 2016

The Christian writer George Hunter once wrote:

“people… are reached more effectively through the people, language, liturgy, music, architecture,

needs, struggles, issues, leaders and leadership style that are indigenous to their culture...

Typically, when people experience “church” as culturally alien to them,...

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