A Monster in Paris

What do you do on cold afternoon in Bury St Edmunds when you've exhausted the English Heritage sites and the children are fed up with walking? We decided that the cinema would be a useful distraction for a couple of hours so we parked up and wandered in to see what was on offer: The... Continue Reading →

Spurgeon’s Encouraging Ministry

I've often thought, as I've read through Spurgeon's "Morning and Evening" book that he takes great care to bring as much encouragement to Christians as possible. It may be that the compiler or M&E picked particularly encouraging quotes from Spurgeon or it may be that it is a true reflection of the kind of ministry... Continue Reading →

The Golden Compass

I know I'm a little bit late to this party but I've just watched The Golden Compass with Talitha and thought I might jot down some first impressions. The film is essentially about a little girl who can see the truth with the help of a golden compass and who sets out to rescue a... Continue Reading →

The AA

Yesterday turned into a bit of an adventure as our car broke down on the way to an afternoon out in Brighton. Driving along the A27, thinking how nicely our rather faded but faithful old Zafira was running, the car started spluttering and coughing and an engine management light came on. We pulled in, I... Continue Reading →

Slow Progress

While there has rightly been much emphasis in recent years on the community of God's people being the focus of the Bible rather simply the individual there is always a danger that we make our spiritual life merely a function of being with other people. Simply put this means that we only ever pray or... Continue Reading →

Pride and Despair

Augustine the great Christian thinker from the 4th Century said "Pride is the beginning of sin", John Ruskin a writer from the 18th Century said “In general, pride is at the bottom of all great mistakes.” and just the other night when reading through the book of Daniel I came across this great word from... Continue Reading →

The Happening

Generally I like Mr Shyamalan's films. I am aware that some (Kermode) think he has gone off the boil but there is something about his "What if?" method of asking questions and making films that appeals to me. The film "The Happening" seems to be asking the question "What would happen if nature turned against... Continue Reading →

Trellis and Vine

After much encouragement from a number of sources I've started reading The Trellis and the Vine, a book on discipleship by Marshall and Payne. It is an excellent read so far and as my friend Scott said "you will like it because it seems to be what you have tried to do". It's a nice... Continue Reading →

Shallow Evangelicalism

I'm currently enjoying a book by Fred Saunders called "Embracing the Trinity" and it is proving a stimulating read. The following is a quote from the introduction that acts as timely wakeup call to those of us in the evangelical parts of the church. The evangelical movement is booming, but often seems to be ten... Continue Reading →

Despicable Me

Watching films with the children is nearly always a great treat because when they start laughing then they set everyone laughing. Last night we watched Despicable Me which has some very funny moments in it, mainly provided by the little yellow tic-tac minions, who are hilarious. The main idea in the film is the changing... Continue Reading →

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