Today sees the consecration of Rev. Libby Lane as Bishop of Stockport, the first woman to be made a bishop of the Church of England. This is a historic occasion: since Henry VIII’s break with the Church of Rome over 450 years ago, every Anglican bishop in this country has been male - until today.
Chronicles is an extraordinarily comforting book.
I've just read Michael Bennett's book, Do You Feel Called by God? I admit to coming to it with a slightly heavy heart, thinking, 'Not another book dismissing the idea of an inward call to public gospel ministry'. In fact, I found that I agreed with it, up to a point.
One of the greatest dangers in Christian ministry is comparing ourselves with others.
This is a terribly easy trap to fall into. I find myself doing it far too often. Hearing an effective presentation of the gospel, or a clear and well applied exposition of a text, makes me lament the defects in my own preaching. Reading of large churches growing even larger, or of the vibrancy of the family-orientated congregation in the next town, creates a sense of despondency over one’s own rather smaller gathering of believers.