Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Steve Tibbert

We are so looking forward to welcoming Steve & Deb Tibbert to Redeemer, this Sunday!

Steve will be preaching at Ealing Town Hall and we want to hear all that God will speak through him. On top of that,  I know Nicky & I, will so value and appreciate the time that we share with this amazing couple.

Steve Tibbert is one of the main reasons I am still in full time Christian ministry and a major influence behind Redeemer London being started. When Nicky & I, went through a very tough time 3 years ago, Steve & Deb, listened, loved and believed in us both - words cannot convey the depth of my gratitude. Steve has gently, faithfully, patiently supported and served us.

I know that Steve has so many others things that he could be doing - he leads a big church - Kings London, and serves the kingdom in a variety of others way -  which makes the energy and commitment even more impressive!

Steve & Deb Tibbert - THANK YOU!!

Sunday, 22 June 2014


Tension is often built within a film when the switch is flicked, the countdown begun and there being no way to stop the massive bomb exploding!

This week feels a bit like that for me.....

On Saturday I am attempting a 100km run.... it seemed a good idea when I signed up! I have trained for almost 3 months and I have rested when injured. I have started to pack my bag and I have 3 short runs left this week.

I am running for Ealing foodbank and there is still time to sponsor me!

6 more sleeps:0)

I have always thought there is no point attempting something you know you can do.... life is short and you want to tackle a challenge you are not certain you can achieve.

Theodore Roosevelt
It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat

My aim is to finish. I hope to post next Sunday and let you know how I got on.

What are you looking forward to? What will you attempt, unsure of success but prepared to give it a go?

Friday, 20 June 2014

London Royal Opera House

There is so much to do and see in London..... I have lived here for years and still am experiencing lots of new events and occasions.

I have attended my first show at the Royal Opera House - amazing!

It got off to a great start when the Orchestra Timpani player met me at the stage door and gave me a tour of the building.  Incredible to actually visit the orchestra pit and look up and out at the magnificent building. The sheer size,  splendour and feel of the place was breath taking.

I watched a modern version of Manon Lescaut: unbelievable that the lead singers were not amplified and yet you can clearly hear them above the amazing sound of the orchestra. I had never appreciated how much acting there is in Opera.... and that people still sing whilst contorted in such positions!

Now I am hoping to visit again and see a ballet!

When was the last time you tried something new? How did it go?

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Force Fed

First thing Monday morning and I am sat at home kitted up for a run and making myself consume a Mars bar:(

2 months ago when I started training for the ultra-marathon I was so excited when I opted for chocolate as a source of fuel for taking on extra calories in preparation for long distance running:)

I am part of the generation that grew up on the slogan 'A mars a day helps you work rest & play!

Don't get me wrong I still love chocolate.... but you can loose the joy when you have to eat it..... when you are eating it all the time (I still cannot believe I am thinking this!)

What is it that you once enjoyed but now have had to do so often that it has lost its joy?

Friday, 13 June 2014

Losing my bottle

I have only 2 weeks now until I attempt my 100km run.... gulp!

I am trying not to cram in too many miles, just keep healthy and ready for the day. On each occasion I pull on my trainers, I now wear the kit I will use on Saturday 28th June. I am also filling and taking a water bottle in a running belt. I aim to get used to everything ready for the 7:20am start I have been assigned on the day.

Yet last night things did not go as planned:(

The drink bottle kept bouncing up and working its way out of the holder. I kept pushing it back into place but twice it managed to escape and landed on the towpath beside the canal - I kept losing my bottle! (I even had to run back and find it on one occasion)

In life many of us can make great plans, and put in lots of practise but it can be too easy at the last minute for us to 'lose our bottle' and stop.
Whatever you are doing - keep going! Press on! Don't quit!

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Healthy City Living

Yesterday was another 1st for me - I went to visit a physio.

I have had a pain in my left leg that has prevented me from running. For a week I rested, iced, and even used a foam roller morning and night. Yet when I recently went for a light run the pain was still there so I caved in to my wife's demands and booked a physio appointment.

Always the way - I managed to go for a 15 mile run yesterday morning with no pain - but in order to avoid the cancellation fee I kept the appointment.

The friendly lady was surprised at the long distances that I have been running around London's streets in preparation for my ultra marathon on Saturday 28th June. Yet after some questions and examination it appears the cause of the stiffness was aggravated by the 4 days I was camping in the countryside and wearing flip flops around a muddy field!

I now declare that city living is healthier than the countryside - so if you want a good life move to London!

Friday, 6 June 2014

Chav Christianity

I have often believed that one of the biggest challenges facing the church in the UK is how we can be diverse enough to include people not only from all nations but also have folk from every class.

Following David Devenish's public endorsement I have purchased and read Darren Edwards book 'Chav Christianity'.

It is so helpful! Darren is obviously full on for God and honest.

In the book Darren tackles a variety of issues from Justice, etiquette, lifestyle, authenticity and worship. He is challenging and thought provoking.

You realise how much a book has impacted you by how much you remember and how often you apply it afterwards. I feel as if I have drawn ideas from this book into most conversations that I have had since.

Well worth a read!

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

John Wesley

On Monday this week I had the joy of visiting the Wesley Chapel in London, with Evan Rogers!

The Church building was established by John Wesley towards the end of his life. Services were held every morning at 5am. I loved seeing the way the pews had been developed so that more seats could be added to the end of the rows to enable the church building to be rammed with people.

It was incredible to learn that at that time the Methodist's owned 4 ships that sailed the world spreading the good news about Jesus. So wonderful to discover that John was so concerned about the poor living local to him that he developed the first free pharmacy in London.

I found it fascinating to watch the video describing the radical life of John Wesley. He was so committed to learning that he read whilst riding a horse. Later in life he developed the ability to write whilst travelling by a horse drawn carriage. He woke every morning at 4am to spend time with God and went to bed every night at 9pm!

I hope that the visit did not just enlighten me for a day but will bear fruit in my life! I would love to be known as a guy who cares for the poor, builds thriving local churches, reaches out to those who do not know the good news of Jesus and makes the most of the time God gives me!