Christmas Nights

As a child the most magical of times were the nights before Christmas. The Christmas tree with its multicoloured lights, I imagined had a thousand places within its boughs where tiny arboreal people lived, the wall decorations cast sparkling reflections from the open fire and bedtime was less of a chore as each sleep got me closer to ‘the night’. Christmas Eve itself was succession … Continue reading Christmas Nights

Street Preaching – effective?

Originally posted on The Pondering Alchemist:
Well these are my highly critical observations about street preaching, at least from within New Zealand. People Type A attempt to preach on the streets to People Type B. People Type A are different people to People Type B. Too different. When Type A speak, Type B struggle to understand what they are harping on about. Type A conform… Continue reading Street Preaching – effective?

Here and Now

Picture courtesy of Rome.info This week will see an ever increasing attention on Rome by the world. Since Papal conclaves naturally fascinate the faithful and the unbeliever in almost equal measure. More to the point for today is that the new leader of the Roman Catholic Church will have a global influence on the future of the whole Christian Church not least in the way … Continue reading Here and Now

Some Summer Thoughts

Well it is the holiday season again. Hopefully, this year we will see more clement weather than we have seen previously. For, there is no doubt about it, holidays are far better with holiday sunshine!   Yet there must be more to days away from our daily toil, than just enjoying warmth and fresh air. Since real breaks also involve thinking just what is important … Continue reading Some Summer Thoughts

Walk with God

Dear friends, Well, our new ‘term’ at St Luke’s has started off with a bang! Already we have enjoyed our Art & Craft Exhibition, reconsidered how we use our gifts from God in our Stewardship Campaign and held another most enjoyable film night and camping weekend. Of course, our Guild will soon start up with a superb programme of talks and fellowship. Nevertheless, we must … Continue reading Walk with God

A Marketing Strategy

Luke 10.1-9 Acts 3.1-10 Not so long ago Black & Decker were preparing for a large promotional campaign. And to get the angle just right for their advertising, they sent out market researchers to find what ‘Joe Soap’ actually wanted. They returned with the discouraging news that people didn’t want drills they wanted holes. In other words, they weren’t interested in power tools only what … Continue reading A Marketing Strategy