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Colin Sedgwick

Paul is obviously a troubled man when he writes to his Christian friends in Corinth. “So if the whole church comes together and everyone speaks in tongues, and some who don’t understand or some unbelievers come in, will they not say that you are mad?” he asks in 1 Corinthians 14:23. Paul wasn’t attacking the […] Read More

A Christian church is being built in a small village in Punjab, Pakistan, with the help of the congregation’s Muslim neighbors. According to a report from Barnabas Fund, the village is predominantly Muslim, as you would expect. But it is also home to eight Christian families. It has never had a church building, but the […] Read More

I can think of only two times when I’ve felt seriously lonely. One was my first week as a student – in a completely strange city, in which I knew not a single soul. The other was the first time I went abroad – far from home, traveling alone, I felt an ache I couldn’t […] Read More

I read something recently that reduced me to a state of helpless laughter. It was an article in the Church of England newspaper, “The Church Times,” and it was about a bishop of a bygone generation who had a wonderful if sometimes waspish sense of humor. I found it to be absolutely hilarious – it […] Read More

Oliver Cromwell, during the English Civil War (1642-51), is supposed to have told his soldiers, “Put your trust in God, but keep your powder dry.” A perfect blend of the “spiritual” and the “practical.” And that blend, that same balance, is demonstrated in Nehemiah 4:8-9. “They all plotted together to come and fight against Jerusalem […] Read More

One of the world’s leading fashion designers was quoted in The New York Times as saying, “I hate ugly people. Very depressing.” Well, if you look anything like me you almost feel you should apologize to the poor little petal: “Dear Mr. Fashion Designer, I really am so sorry to be a cause of mental […] Read More

I was sitting in a ministers’ fellowship of Baptists, Anglicans, Methodists, Salvation Army and Pentecostals. It must have been the best part of 40 years ago, but I remember it well. We always tried to be inclusive and welcoming, so we were pleased on this occasion to have a new minister among us. He had, […] Read More

There’s something I like about group photos. You know the sort of thing: a class of children sitting with their teacher, freshly scrubbed and on their best behavior; a bunch of people attending a conference; a crowd at a wedding, all dressed up to the nines. There they all are, smiling cheesily into the camera. […] Read More

On a Saturday afternoon, I am on the top deck of a bus in northwest London when a young woman comes up the stairs and starts preaching loudly. The bus is full of people who are all minding their own business, hoping the bus will be able to crawl its way at least reasonably quickly […] Read More