The Hospitable God – Minister’s Letter – May 21

I realise writing a letter on hospitality when the government says we can’t have people in our homes at the moment is slightly odd, but as I was studying last week I saw how hospitality is at the heart of the bible’s message. It isn’t something that we do as an add on, but it… Continue reading The Hospitable God – Minister’s Letter – May 21

What would make you walk away? – Minister’s Letter Feb 21

Dear all at IPC, I was recently asked after speaking to a group of non-Christians ‘If there was anything that would cause me to walk away from the faith or not believe the gospel?’It’s a brilliant question and has haunted me since it was asked. What the questioner had in mind was if there was… Continue reading What would make you walk away? – Minister’s Letter Feb 21

Still in Control – Minister’s Letter Jan 21

At the back end of last year people were so glad for 2020 to be over, one billboard I saw said ‘All I want for Christmas is……. 2021’. The sense of people being frustrated with how their year had turned outwas palpable and the expression of hope that 2021 would somehow bring the great difference… Continue reading Still in Control – Minister’s Letter Jan 21

Not growing weary in doing good – Minister’s Letter April 21

Dear all at IPC, One of the things I love about the Bible is it’s sheer realism. The irony is that the world thinks the Bible is full of fairy tales. Yet when you engage with its teaching, you find that it fits our humanity. The God who wrote the Bible ‘knows our frame, he remembers that… Continue reading Not growing weary in doing good – Minister’s Letter April 21

The Condescending God – Minister’s Letter Dec 2020

Dear all at IPC, If I was to say to you that ‘you’ve got a condescending manner’. I don’t think you would take it as a compliment, The way that we use the word is similar to patronising, it’s a pejorative term. The Collins English dictionary speaks of being condescending as “showing youdisapproval of the… Continue reading The Condescending God – Minister’s Letter Dec 2020

Surprising Encouragement – Minister’s Letter Nov 20

Dear all at IPC, Some days are hard at the moment aren’t they? I am finding discouragement comes upon me more easily. Last week when I was particularly feeling this I dragged Noah out on a run around Perivale Park (it might have been the other way round but I can’t remember). On the first… Continue reading Surprising Encouragement – Minister’s Letter Nov 20

The Power of Money – Minister’s Letter Oct 2020

Dear all at IPC, There are certain verses that have changed my life, and one of those relates to money. It’s the verse where Jesus says, ‘Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also’ (Matthew 6:21). I can’t remember who first explained it to me; I’ve read it subsequently in a few books,… Continue reading The Power of Money – Minister’s Letter Oct 2020

Don’t Meddle – Minister’s Letter Sept 20

Dear all at IPC, I’ve recently encouraged us a couple of times to read the bible more slowly and meditatively. One of the things I love about the Scriptures is that you never get to the bottom of them, there are always surprises. Scripture is ever new, I’m sure that it is your experience too… Continue reading Don’t Meddle – Minister’s Letter Sept 20

3 Questions for your friends – Minister’s Letter Aug 2020

Dear all at IPC, As we look forward to these next few months, we’re conscious as a church fellowship of people moving on from us. We feel real sadness at people leaving us, thankfulness for all they’ve done for the church family, and aware of the gaps that will be left. I’m sure you are… Continue reading 3 Questions for your friends – Minister’s Letter Aug 2020