This main session was fairly different. The preacher was Pete Greig and he felt a strong calling to move away from what he had planned to speak on and instead raise up on the importance of the Stop the Traffik campaign. He encouraged us to:

Read the signs – he highlighted the importance of what John Stott terms “double reading”. We must read both the Bible and culture. At the moment there are so many issues in the world we must be aware of this. Stop the Traffik should be a priority for us, and he challenged us to commit to a vigil of prayer on Sat 24th March 2007. He highlighted that in Chinese the word dangerous literally means ‘dangerous opportunities’. Let us make the most of the opportunities.

Recognise the Son – we must make the effort to find Jesus in one another – in our differences and difficult times. He highlighted the costly nature of it, but the power of it, through the example of the Amish community in USA following the mass shooting in their community.

Recognise yourself – we need to reconcile ourselves – now, not later. He quoted Robert McCheyne “my peoples greatest need is my personal holiness”, not preaching, programmes or strategy.

Married to the amazing Sarah and raising Jakey, Daniel, Amelia, Josh & Jonah in our blended family. Passionate for Jesus, social work & sport.

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