When another envelope or email lands reporting a crisis and inviting money to help, each time I wrestle – ‘Do I give to this one, or that? Do I give this time, or not?’ Sure, I give. Although those who will receive it are strangers to me, there’s plenty of call in God’s Word to provide for people we will never meet (e.g. 1 Corinthians 16:1-3).
But there’s something different about providing for the needs of those who aren’t strangers, but friends... read more
It’s a hugely important year for the Junior Section in Boys’ Brigade. One hundred years ago, on 15th September 1917 – strangely in the midst of the tumult of WWI – the Boy Life Reserves was started.
Previously, the B.B. had only been for boys aged 12 and above, but there was recognition of a need to recruit at a younger age and of the great potentially of the organisation to start teach younger boys about Jesus.
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As I researched for an event we were having on loneliness I was amazed at the number of reports that have focused on this topic in the last few years. It seems the consensus is clear – loneliness is bad for health and wellbeing and it is becoming increasingly prevalent and pervasive.
From childhood to old age, from poverty to affluence, from social isolation to high density living – loneliness can be found and experienced. Loneliness affects physical health as well as mental health... read more