First Larne Presbyterian Church

First Larne Presbyterian Church



I admit I have a problem with that most recent import from the States - Black Friday. It is not just the bombardment with advertisements and offers and the sense that I am being taken for a sucker. If I understand the concept correctly, Black Friday is inextricably linked with Thanksgiving.

I have just read this challenging article by Professor Sarah Williams from Regent College, Vancouver.

This week David Kelly, Jax McCallum and Robin Tweed and myself have joined hundreds of other Presbyterians at the "EVERYDAY DISCIPLES" Special Assembly. Even after a few hours it became apparent that we would have a lot to digest, to challenge and to inspire.

Let me share this article I picked up from "Christians in Sport". It gives insight into what is one of the greatest annual feats of sporting endurance - but more importantly, offers encouragement in fruitful, abundant, enduring Christian living.

Have you ever read something and thought 'This is so obvious. Why had I not seen that before?'  Well here is a quote from John Stott I came across that really got me thinking about the importance of corporate worship and private prayer. Read it a few times and see if you agree.

​I can't resist posting this piece that came from the London Institute of Contemporary Christianity.

Enjoy - and be challenged!

In the first of our summer morning services we heard Jesus' parable of the mustard seed - an encouragement to keep planting the seed, even if it is a small beginning. Let God grow it!

Last weekend I watched highlights of the Trooping of the Colour ceremony in London with particular interest as it was featuring the Irish Guards. Such pageantry in the city which was still reeling after the catastrophic loss of life in the Grenfell fire.

I received this reflection from Richard Collins who works with Living Leadership, a ministry which supports church leaders around the U.K.