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Why we divide

Reflections on 1 Corinthians 1:10-17

If we’re going to get it together we need a vision of togetherness – where we started last week. But we also need to know how things go wrong in human communities and fall apart. In other words we need to ask why we divide. And this passage, written about twenty […]

Fellowship of the Broken

The third in our series “All Together Now” looking at God’s Church as the community where we learn to get it together as disciples.

Stephen looks at 1 John 1 as he investigates the Fellowship of the Broken


Why We Divide

This week Stephen looks at 1 Corintians 1:10-17 and asks why we divide?

This is the second in our series “All Together Now”


Imagining togetherness

Surely if there were an issue of our time it would be this! Wouldn’t it? Daily, we’re bombarded with issues of fragmentation and conflict. Talk about nations or ideologies, it’s conflict and fragmentation. Turn to in the UK with its competing agendas and desire to rubbish those bad ‘them’ over against the solely wise ‘us’. […]


The first in a brand new series about relationships within God’s Family – All Together Now.  This week Stephen helps us to imagine togetherness as we look into Ephesians 1.


Give Peace a Chance – Preparing for peace

During Advent we wait for the coming of Christ again. Since his first ‘advent’ – a word meaning ‘coming’ – Jesus opened the door to the presence of God in our lives. This year we’ll think about the peace Christ brings to our conflicted world.  Jesus said, ‘Blessed are peacemakers for they shall be called […]

Dying to meet you

I’m grateful ministry has regularly involved me in accompanying those who are dying and bereaved. This has confronted me with my own mortality. This began in my early twenties when – as part of my training – I attended a course at St Christopher’s hospice in South London where the pioneering work for the terminally […]

Growing old gracefully. What chance?!

We’re all doing it. We’ve little control of it. We celebrate it at key points with increasing relish. You can get surgery to help with it. But ultimately you can’t avoid it. Ageing! And in all my years of ministry I’ve never preached on it. That’s interesting in itself. Why don’t we hear more about […]

All in a day’s work

What is work? If you head south out of Manchester you’re guided on to the M56. You then take a short link road between that motorway and the M6 before heading south. It’s a heavily used road of two lanes each way without central reservation. There’s been talk of upgrading it for 30 years. In […]

I’m Special and so are you!

So can a story written for children take us into a truth about God?
Last Sunday in The Hub we shared the story ‘You are special’ by Max Lucado. We heard the story of Punchinello, the little wooden person who had been given so many grey dots by other wooden people that he had come […]