Thinking about church planting

Yesterday our team spent some time hearing about a church plant gone wrong from the minister who eventually made the decision to shut it down.

It was interesting listening to his reflections on what may have gone wrong and how it do it better but the most striking statement for me was his warning to us not to fall into the trap of thinking MTC needs more practical subjects. Practical things are best learnt as we get out there and do them. Theological study is important because it shapes our doctrine, which in turns shapes why we do what we do. We must get our doctrine right first.


Year 3, Day 1

Technically I’m 2 days in but it was day 1 that makes me think I’m in for quite a year. We started third year with 2 hours of Doctrine lectures and ‘Eschatology’ is the subject for this term. About half way through lecture 2, the line in my notes that blew my mind was something along the lines of

The Messiah Jesus is the eternal mediator and we shouldn’t anticipate an unmediated relationship with the Father in the new creation.

Well. That’s new – at least for me. Certainly looking forward to the rest of the year!

New people

Today was the first day of Greek Weeks for the new first year students at college. It was also the first day of official duties of the Orientation Committee. And it was exhausting.

I love people and I love new people but its a lot in one day (about 130 new students today) and I’m quite tired right now.

But as much as its exhausting for me I’m sure it’s even worse for the students who have just started college. It’s a blessing to have them at college and so I hope you will join with me in praying for them, especially over these first 3 weeks. Here are some suggested prayer points to get you started –

  • For energy as they move through this people intensive time
  • Easy conversations
  • For those who are particularly anxious about Greek – that anxiety will ease and Greek will come easier than expected
  • For married students – that they would quickly work out how to manage study and time with family
  • For spouses & kids – that we will welcome them into the college community, especially during the house party this weekend
  • For single students – that living in community would be a blessing, not a burden
  • For part-time students (approx. 30) – that they would feel included in the year group relationships

Exam number 1

OT theology. Here are the questions I answered…

To what extent is the nation of Israel the embodiement of hope helf out in the Pentateuch?

Discuss the use and significance of ‘type scenes’ in the books of the Former Prophets. Illustrate your answer with specific exampls.     (I was particularly thankful for this question :) )

Discuss the theological significance of the signs in the books of Isaiah.


Can you believe its that time of year already?!

Today is the last day of college for the year. My first exam is in 11 days.

Getting ready for some pretty serious study over that time.

I have 4 exams all up and then 2nd year will be over! And (providing I pass exams) I will be half way through college! woot!

I would love your prayers over the next 3 weeks.

My awesome brothers….


So I have been pretty down lately. Not sure why but lots of little things about college have been getting to me. Especially things about living in the community of Carillon House. Not that there aren’t great things about it and not that the girls I live with aren’t amazing, but there are really hard things about it too. Things like not getting to decide what you eat for dinner, or what time you eat or not being able to cook for yourself and things like that, that people living in their own house might take for granted (or even complain about). Its the grown-up things that we all wish we got to do.

Anyway enough complaining… what I really want to share is how great the guys in my year group are. There are a couple in particular (hopefully you know who you are!) who I know go out of their way to care for me. Amidst the hardship of college its so special to spend time with these men, my brothers. To share with them, study with them, pray with and for them.

So I say thank you to my dear brothers in Christ.

‘I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.’1:3-6

The year behind me

This year has been perhaps the greatest and worst year of my life so far. So its quite a big task to write about it. Hopefully in the near future I’ll figure out how to do that but for now let me say I am glad it is over – although the wait for results is going to be long….

Having reached the end of a tumultuous year I need to give a big thank you to everyone who has loved, prayed for, supported and encouraged me this year. You have made this year a little easier and a great deal better – I hope I can return the favour sometime. And enormous thanks and praise to our our great God who has blessed me with the gift of wonderful friends – I hope you all know who you are!

“Two are better than one because they have good reward for their efforts. For if either falls, his companion can lift him up; but pity the one who falls without another to lift him up.” Ecclesiastes 4:9-10