How valuable is a human life?

Speaking to a man in Northfield today, we got on to the subject of Capital Punishment. He described it as murder, and said: It is never right to take a life! I would like you to pause a moment. Do you agree? I don’t want to debate the merits of this statement here. It was…

University Students

Welcome to Birmingham If you’re a new student, let me welcome you to our wonderful city.  For those of you returning – welcome back.  I hope you had a good summer, and that your studies are going well. What do you want from your time at university? At the beginning we always have expectations.  I…

Why the violence?

Another day … more violent deaths! On the news tonight I’m reading of 12 shot dead at the Navy Yard in the States; a teenager charged with murder in Leicester; a teenager arrested on suspicion of murder in Birmingham; a report issued into the terrible abuse and death of a child in Coventry. The BBC’s…

Hope in God’s Sovereign Timing

Thinking about the account in Mark chapter 1 of the temptation of God’s eternal Son, Jesus Christ, and his subsequent commencement of public ministry, gives great encouragement to all who are going through their own times of testing, trials or periods of suffering. The lessons are simple, but can be difficult to appreciate in a…

Hope in grief

Today, as snow covers the city, it covers a city in grief. Hundreds will be gathering this afternoon at St.Philip’s Cathedral in the centre of Birmingham to pay their respects to the Edkin family and to mourn the tragic death of 16 year old Christina Edkin. We were all shocked and outraged when we heard…

Psalm 31

In thee O Lord do I put my trust; Let me never be ashamed: Deliver me in thy righteousness. Bow down thine ear to me; Deliver me speedily: Be thou my strong rock, For an house of defence to save me. For thou art my rock and my fortress; Therefore for sake name’s sake lead…