Why did Jesus curse the fig tree?

I got asked this question at one of our recent Muslim-Christian dialogue evenings. It wasn’t quite in this form. It was put to me in

The reality of ministry

Around three years ago, my friend – Mike Tindall – delivered an address at my pastoral induction. Ever the encourager, here was what he had

Treasuring the word in a non-reading culture

As a minister of a church, naturally, I want my people to read their bibles and pray. I want them immersed in scripture and I

How do we judge ministry success?

Yesterday, I wrote about why numbers & responses are not the measure of ministry success. If we are primarily judging ministry success by numbers, many of

How to kill a church

I have just finished reading Mark Ashton’s excellent little book¬†Christ and His People: Eight convinctions about the local church. It is a very short little