Life’s so different here. Haven’t seen the M25 for weeks! To be honest, it’s a great mixture of lots of meetings and opportunities for fellowship and prayer. I have also greatly enjoyed daily working through Mark’s gospel with the aid of James R Edwards and his superb Pillar New Testament commentary.
Last week I commented in my blog about Bones’ terrific contribution to the Johannesburg conference. One point that he made very powerfully in his teaching on Paul in Corinth included a reference to Paul working alongside Aquila and Priscilla.
Greetings from Sydney, Australia where spring is gradually yielding to summer sunshine. Last week Steve Brading and I flew to Brisbane where we were met at the airport by Brian, a member of our Brisbane church plant. He told me a truly fascinating story.
Wendy and I started our recent visit to South Africa with a great weekend at Jubilee Church in Cape Town. On the Friday evening P-J Smyth addressed a youth event underlining the need to be filled with the Holy Spirit. Scores poured forward at the end and many were receiving the Holy Spirit.
Most of you who read this blog will know that Mark Driscoll’s visit to us in the summer was phenomenal and had huge impact upon us. His disarming way and extraordinary spiritual authority came to us at a crucial time in our growth and development.
If you live in England you might be asking, ‘What summer?’ For me it was one of the busiest I can remember. Following our wonderful Together on a Mission conference in Brighton, where Mark Driscoll had such phenomenal impact, I left for France for our Rendezvous Bible Week, closely followed by visits to Montana, Idaho and Oregon, where we enjoyed fellowship in several churches.
Life used to be more straightforward than this! I used to spend weeks getting ready for our annual Stoneleigh Bible Weeks, preach and pray my way through them, and then collapse for the rest of August on a nice long holiday break.
Well, he came and he’s gone – but we certainly know he was here! Mark Driscoll packs a punch. What did I especially appreciate about him? His straightforwardness. Nothing hidden and no hiding, so, like the Apostle Paul, his forthrightness commended himself to our consciences.
This week I am hosting Together on a Mission here in Brighton. To keep up to date please see Adrian Warnock’s blog. Adrian will be live blogging from the conference.