Explore this morning: Freedom in Christ

Today is the third session in our Freedom in Christ series and considers the world’s view of truth.  Annette will host, Steve will be with us to lead us in Communion.  11.15am, Ottery St Mary Parish Church.  There’ll be a bring and share lunch after the service, for those who’d like to stay.

Unspoken: Higher

Two years old, but love this song Higher from band Unspoken.

The words, if you’re trying to make them out, is:

I’ve got to try to do right when life’s doing me wrong
Gotta shake the dust off my feet and keep marchin’ on
When trouble weighs me down, brings me to my knees
Lord, my needs are many, but that’s a pretty
Yeah a pretty good place to be

Don’t blame it on the preacher ‘cuz the preacher done told
‘The devil’s got a target on my heart and my soul’
But let me tell you, brother, what the devil don’t know
The lower I go, the more I’m gonna lift you

Higher, higher, higher
I’m gonna lift you higher, higher, higher
God Almighty, you are worthy
Higher, higher, higher Continue reading “Unspoken: Higher”

Jo Saxton: Be twice as good to survive as a black woman

In Premier Christianity magazine, leadership coach and popular speaker Jo Saxton explains how her passion for mentoring women was born out of a battle to discover her true identity.

Just looking at the list of what Jo Saxton is involved in makes my head spin – and the impression she makes when we chat is that she lives life to the full. The bubbly extrovert has Nigerian roots but grew up in London.

Explaining how her family and wider community had “scant resources”, Jo recalls how many of her friends were children of drug dealers and addicts.

Her own family life was not straightforward, as she spent time in foster care and only met her father three times. However, she does not see herself as a victim: “When people have shared my story, the angle has often been the poor black child living on the wrong side of the tracks until rescued by a kindly white lady. I’ve been presented as a wounded victim who somehow struggles through and becomes a tough strong woman! I think it might make great TV and ticks the boxes of a few cultural stereotypes, but life was and is way more nuanced than that.”   Continue reading “Jo Saxton: Be twice as good to survive as a black woman”

Tomorrow at Explore: Choosing To Believe The Truth

Last Sunday was great. Tomorrow at Explore we have the second part of our new series, Freedom In Christ.

Everyone lives by faith, even those who are not Christians. It’s who or what we put our faith in that determines whether or not it will be effective. As Christians, it’s essential that what we believe is in agreement with what God has revealed in the Bible which shows us how things really are.

Come along and join in as we start this series. 11.15am, Ottery St Mary Parish Church. Colin leads us.

Austin Fischer: Nobody can lay any foundation, except the one which is laid


Church leader Austin Fischer writes:

“I had both grabbed and been grabbed by the conviction that the only foundation for theology was the revelation of God in Jesus Christ:  ‘Nobody can lay any foundation, you see, except the one which is laid, which is Jesus the Messiah!’  Not a theory about the Bible, not a set of presuppositions about how God was supposed to act, but a step of faith wherein I trusted in the revelation of God in Jesus.”

Austin Fischer, Young, Restless, No Longer Reformed: Black Holes, Love, and a Journey In and Out of Calvinism


Living Hope

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Here’s a line from a song we’ve been singing at Explore.

The full words are:

How great the chasm that lay between us
How high the mountain I could not climb
In desperation, I turned to heaven
And spoke Your name into the night
Then through the darkness, Your loving-kindness
Tore through the shadows of my soul
The work is finished, the end is written
Jesus Christ, my living hope

Continue reading “Living Hope”