Recently I was in Tesco and noticed a young American couple doing their shopping. What particularly attracted my attention was the man's t-shirt which had the words 'And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us' Heb 12:1. I spoke to them and said that I liked the scripture on the shirt and we struck up a brief conversation in which they commented that I was the first Christian they had met during their time in the UK.
On Thursday the 8th June the nation goes to the polls again. As the day approaches there is increasing frenzy in the media about the election. Whether it is on our TV screens, printed in the newspapers, and more than ever before through social media channels, commentators and politicians alike are clamouring for our attention and shaping the outcome of the election.
Or put another way - What is the one thing in life that you find hardest to handle?
I wonder how you respond to that question.
For me, the thing I find most difficult to handle, is seeing my father-in-law who used to be a keen golfer, gardener and walker incapacitated and unable to get about his home without a walking frame, and needing a wheelchair or mobility scooter to get around outside with no realistic prospect of getting any better.
What do you think of when someone says the word 'Church'? For many people the first thing that will come to mind is a building. Dotted around our country are thousands of church buildings. Over hundreds of years these have become significant landmarks and so the idea of church as a building is one that is regularly reinforced.