Re: The family of God?
- From: Tony Bryer <tonyb@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Thu, 30 Mar 2006 11:52:05 +0100
On Wed, 29 Mar 2006 21:34:36 +0100 Paul Roberts wrote :
Go along to
the little chapel with four old ladies and the retarded grown-up son
of one of them, where the singing is from Hymns Ancient and Modern
(with the emphasis on the ancient) and accompanied by a badly played
harmonium, and where everyone has been attending since the chapel was
founded in 1887.
1. You will receive a warm and hearty welcome.
2. You will find a real field for ministry.
Your 1. is quite correct - I have been to such churches and they're
always delighted to see me. It's not what I'm looking for,
unfortunately: why would I want to join a church which will be dead in
Why assume that it will be? Back in the late 1920s the situation in my
church was such that the Church Secretary wrote to the Moderator saying
that closure was now inevitable. Within ten years the church was as alive
as ever it had been. It may be no coincidence that the minister who
started the revival was a 72 year old retired missionary who had spent
his life in India and thus was attuned to seeing possibilities rather
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