Tuesday, November 28, 2006

The Truck Stop ....

The Midway Truckstop Cafe on the A49 near Prees Heath

Have you ever been to a traditional English Cafe and had the all day breakfast ...fantastic .

Today was a treat as Phil and I along with another pastor Alistair did just that . We had much to discuss between us, so why not discuss it over bacon, eggs, beans, sausages and fried bread, swilled down with all the tea you can drink ...unbeatable .

At this particular truckers cafe they have a breakfast on the menu called the "Desperate Dan" ...now this breakfast is a challenge to even the hardened eaters and comes with a government health warning .... so I have started training and will one day rise to the challenge :-)

Monday, November 27, 2006

A blast from the past

Yesterday we had dinner with "The Fraser" family who live on the Wirral . It turns out that Andrew ( the dad) went to school with me , or rather he was a year below me . Our conversation was very nostalgic. He knew some of my first girlfriends !!! you see your past does come back to haunt you sometimes :-) We had a great time with the family and have pledged a reunion at Starbucks in the near future .

I have exams looming , which is why posts have been a little less frequent and this trend is set to continue for at least a couple of weeks .... I'm too old to be doing exams !!

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Tight Spot ...

Sometimes in life you find yourself really up against it ( Like the seal in the photo) .

Driven by fear, anxiety , burdens, overcome by hopelessness . Then in those times it's vital that you turn as a Christian to the One who is in control and on Him cast all your cares ...Read this written by the Apostle Peter to Christian men and women who were suffering at the hands of their persecutors ( The sharks )...

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

My Head Hurts!!

Phil and I spent 6hrs planning for next year today ...strategy for the sake of Christ and His Kingdom ....We have started the first draft of a battle plan. One that I am sure will have a couple of Dunkirks in it but one that will ultimately always win because with Christ you cannot lose .

I love being on the winning team .....

Sunday, November 19, 2006

A Better Bond

A few of us went to See " Casino Royale " on Saturday night . Good ,rugged bloke film... :-) .
For the ladies there was the inevitable love interest and the sight of James in his Boxer shorts !!!

Anyway go and see it , lots of twists and turns and very different from your regular Bond movie ..Its a shame that they apparently wrote off three perfectly good Aston Martin DBS's in the making of the movie ..Shocking

Friday, November 17, 2006

Riding with Giants ....

Over tha last two Friday mornings we have hosted at the church a big RE lesson called "Riding with Giants" ...telling the story of the Giants of the Bible

Over three hundred primary school kids ( yrs 3& 4) attended from 6 local schools ..

It was great fun and the Gospel was preached loud and clear...

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Brave Boy meets His match !!!

Thought this was very funny

Getting Old

Twas my Birthday yesterday ...1963 was a vintage year ...My mum says I was 10lb 3 oz when I was born so I have always been overweight for may age ;-)

Anyway we celebrated with a curry and a packet of Midget Gems ..Two of my favourite things ..

So my time is moving on.... into the 44th year .... the grave is fast approaching and still much to do . Like two sermons before Sunday ..

Monday, November 13, 2006

Should I get a tatoo?

I sometimes get asked this question .......listen to this sermon(click here) by Mark Driscoll from the States ...best I have heard on what the Bible says we should and shouldn't do ...this one is two cups of coffee worth ..60 minutes long ...but worth it

The Dreaded Common Cold!!!

Well it's the annual season of the common cold and yet again I am a victim ...so you all have to feel sympathy for me ...after all I am a bloke ..and blokes don't do colds very well :-)

Where is the Lemsip ........

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Visitors .....Lots of them

It was great to have friends old and new round for a meal today ....

Here goes the list fromthe bottom up ...1st stair ...Josh , Naomi& Laura

Second stair ..Libby, Luke ( after having eaten a green egg!) &Katie

Third stair.. Tia & Anna

Fourth stair..Liz & Hannah

Fifth Stair .. Ben & Kathryn.

Six stair... Simon

Seventh Stair ..Stephen , Lou & Ben ....

The aftermath ...Frisky our wooden cat found a new home in our bed & Below Laura's room resembled a nuclear blast :-)

It was a great afternoon folks ... Despite Ben wearing his Arsenal top ..

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

How would you answer his questions?

John Humphry's of Radio 4 fame is currently broadcasting a series of programmes entitled " In Search of God"

Over a three week period he is interviewing the Archbishop of Canterbury , a senior Muslim cleric and then a Rabbi. You can check it out by clicking here ... Take a listen and if you are a Christian ask yourself the question ; "How would I answer him? " and if you are not a Christian and you have the same questions as John that remain unanswered, then send me an e-mail and I will have a go at helping you in your search for God .

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Busy Days

In between a School assembly and the Answering the Big Questions course yesterday I was trying to write an essay for a Friday deadline ....the title I have been given is " Discuss the claim that the sinlessness of Christ's human nature renders him a less than sympathetic High Priest "

So go on have a go and send me your answers before Friday :-)

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Pyrotechnic mania

Well it's that time of year again.The air is thick with the smell of gunpowder. Fireworks everywhere . Personally I love them , probably a throw back to my early days in Liverpool when as lads we used to buy "bangers" by the bucketful and make our neighbours lives a misery ... I don't think you are allowed to buy bangers nowadays . Sensible decision because in the wrong hands they can be lethal.

Anyway over the last couple of nights we have celebrated bonfire night with a YPF ( Young Peoples Fellowship ) bonfire courtesy of the Dakin family and £35 worth of Lidl fireworks ( which were a very good buy ). Then last night we had our family gathering . A small box of fireworks, a few sparklers , some marsh mallows to roast on the chimenea along with some toasted tea cakes ...fantastic . We have a lot to thank Guy Fawkes for :-)

Friday, November 03, 2006

Day In Bangor Wales

Bangor Bay ...view from the car whilst I was writing an essay ... This fella was keeping an eye on me

I spent the day in Bangor yesterday as a guest of the Christian Union . It was a great day. The weather was much better than last year although it was a little cold . It was good to renew fellowship with folk there and to be given the opportunity to preach the gospel .

I also managed to spend some time in the library at Bangor finishing off one of my essays ...the deadline is 1pm today so I better get cracking ....