Visiting a Charismatic Catholic Conference

Visiting a Charismatic Catholic Conference

‘You’ll find the prayer room down the corridor on the right’, said the welcoming assistant cheerfully. ‘The Lord is there’, she added in a more serious tone. ‘Yes of course he is!’ grinned my wife, thinking it was a joke. The Lord is everywhere, of course, so He is...
The Church Universal

The Church Universal

This Christmas eve, I went to Brecon Cathedral for Christmas carols with my wife and her family. This is my second year joining the family in this sacred tradition. As usual, we first went to the Castle Hotel and had roast dinner (yum) with coffee and tea for the...
Reverence: A High Call for Low Church

Reverence: A High Call for Low Church

Like many evangelicals, I used to take pride in the decorative simplicity of my church. If we are to worship in Spirit and Truth (John 4:24), then why get carried away with ornate buildings, priestly garments, and religious imagery? I’m sure I said a number of times,...
Church Unity, What?

Church Unity, What?

In his letter to the Ephesians, Paul urges Christians to be “eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace,” because “there is one body and one Spirit.” Across his letters, he makes it clear that believers together make up Christ’s body on earth, with...
A People Made at the Table

A People Made at the Table

Two years ago our family and four friends decided to move into the same house together. If this sounds a bit ridiculous, I can assure you, it is. We aimed to pray and offer hospitality to friends, colleagues, coworkers, rich and poor, young and old, gay and straight...