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Ian Taylor

Carols on your doorstep

You want to sing carols. You can’t do that in a church building. You can’t travel the streets in a group, bringing comfort and joy. But you can arrange a sing-song from your doorstep. Imagine… It’s Saturday 19th December, darkness has fallen. You put on your worst Christmas jumper, brew a cup of mulled wine,…

Link of the Week: I Pity the Fool!

My latest bit of parenting wisdom has come from Mr T,  with his catch phrase: “I pity the fool!” And also Scripture. Let me explain why. We know what it’s like dealing with a young child throwing a temper tantrum. Screaming, kicking, door slamming. My temptation is to respond with some serious discipline: to show…

Halloween: trick or treat?

At Emmanuel Westbury’s prayer meeting earlier this term, Mike Cain and Ian Taylor discussed the different approaches Christians can take to Halloween. If you’re wondering whether to fling open your front door or hide under the duvet, click here for details of their discussion: Halloween.  Here’s the takeaway: avoid a knee-jerk reaction either for or against Halloween. Mature Christians take different views on…

How well do you know Jesus?

You might know him as Jesus, the Bible also calls him: – last Adam (1 Corinthians 15:45)– Almighty (Rev 1:8)– Alpha and Omega (Rev 1:8)– Amen (Rev 3:14)– Arm of the Lord (Isa 51:9)– Branch (Isa 4:2)– Bread of life (John 6:32)– Cornerstone (Psalm 118:22)– Counsellor (Isa 9:6)– Deliverer (Rom 11:26)– Door (John 10:7)– Everlasting father (Isa 9:6)– Faithful witness (Rev 1:5)–…

Evangelism in the workplace – what to say?

This is the forth in a series of blog posts about evangelism at work – feeding back the results from a recent survey of members of Emmanuel.  We’ve discussed the challenges of speaking about Jesus. We’ve talked about factors that make it easier: location and personal relationships. We’ve considered how that might affect how we use our time.And when the moment arrives…

Evangelism in the workplace – how to use our opportunities

If location and personal relationships matter when it comes to evangelism in the workplace, what do the survey responses suggest about how we could use our time at work?   First, work socials help to build important bridges. Social time with our colleagues helps to establishing the sorts of bonds that make gospel conversations easier. Many of us may be uncomfortable with…

Evangelism in the workplace – the opportunities

This is the second in a series of five posts about evangelism in the workplace.  In the previous post I mentioned the common challenges that many of us face when trying to speak of Christ in the workplace. However, opportunities still abound and the survey responses suggest certain specific factors that make it easier to speak about Jesus.    When it comes…