Migrated back to Blogger

My blog has reverted back to Blogger, after nearly two years here on WordPress.com. Thanks WordPress for the ride, but it’s time for a change!

You can find me on Blogger.

(Apologies if you’ve been clicking on the link and not getting through. One of my privacy settings was wrongly set. It’s fixed now, and you should be able to read it)!

Welcoming Daniel James Kidd

The last few days have been very busy ones. Our first grandchild, Daniel James Kidd, was born late last Thursday night, a week earlier than expected. He weighed in at a creditable 8lb 1oz. He came home with Hannah, our daughter, on Sunday morning, and the family are doing well. Margie and I have spent a couple of days visiting.

It’s great being a grandparent, especially to a baby who is so absolutely adorable.

Here’s a photo of the young family

Hannah and Chris, with Daniel

Hannah and Chris, with Daniel

Drains and potholes

It’s amazing how often you only notice how good something is when it goes wrong.

Yesterday was an interesting day. We had a ring on the doorbell at about 8.00am, just as I was about to leave to go to church. It was someone who had been called out by our next door neighbours because there was a drain blockage. Would we mind, he asked, if he looked at our drains. Lifting up the cover on the drain on our drive, and the one on the other neighbour’s drive, revealed that the blockage was actually under our property, which he duly cleared. But it seemed that the blockage had been caused not by us but by a young family putting unsuitable baby waste down the drains. The blockage had backed the water in the drains all the way up to the end of the close in which we live, affecting not just us and our neighbours, but half a dozen other homes as well. I hope that the drain doesn’t get blocked up again, and that our neighbours find a more suitable way of getting rid of their baby waste.

And then, on the way home from our morning service, I found a couple of people on one of the roads on the estate the church is based taking photographs of a pothole. Potholes have been appearing all over the place over recent weeks because of the cold weather, and they are becoming an increasing hazard. But I’m sure that the pothole that this couple were taking photographs of was large enough to host the World Diving Championships; disappear into it and you might never be seen again.

I hope that the potholes that have appeared our way are soon mended.

We rely on our roads, and on our drains, and we only notice them when, in one way or another, they fail. So I want to say thank you this morning for roads and for drains, for gas and electricity and water, and all the good things I normally enjoy and take for granted.

26 Golden Rules for Writing Well

  1. Don’t abbrev.
  2. Check to see if you any words out.
  3. Be carefully to use adjectives and adverbs correct.
  4. About sentence fragments.
  5. When dangling, don’t use participles.
  6. Don’t use no double negatives.
  7. Each pronoun agrees with their antecedent.
  8. Just between you and I, case is important.
  9. Join clauses good, like a conjunction should.
  10. Don’t use commas, that aren’t necessary.
  11. Its important to use apostrophe’s right.
  12. It’s better not to unnecessarily split an infinitive.
  13. Never leave a transitive verb just lay there without an object.
  14. Only Proper Nouns should be capitalized. also a sentence should begin with a capital letter and end with a full stop
  15. Use hyphens in compound-words, not just in any two-word phrase.
  16. In letters compositions reports and things like that we use commas to keep a string of items apart.
  17. Watch out for irregular verbs that have creeped into our language.
  18. Verbs has to agree with their subjects.
  19. Avoid unnecessary redundancy.
  20. A writer mustn’t shift your point of view.
  21. Don’t write a run-on sentence you’ve got to punctuate it.
  22. A preposition isn’t a good thing to end a sentence with.
  23. Avoid cliches like the plague.
  24. 1 final thing is to never start a sentence with a number.
  25. Always check your work for accuracy and completeness.

With thanks to Alan Wilson.

Preaching on the Church

In the first few months of this year we are going to be considering the subject of the church in both our morning and our evening services.

In our morning services we are going to be looking at the character, life and ministry of Jesus. This might sound odd, thinking about the church by looking at Jesus, but it is my hope that as we focus on Christ we will discover a fresh calling to be the body of Christ in the world today. I began the series this morning by looking at Matthew 16 with Peter’s confession of Jesus as the Christ, the Son of the living God, and with Jesus then shaping what that meant by talking about his suffering and challenging his followers to take up their own cross as they follow him.

In our evening services we are going to be focussing on the church in Corinth, as we consider Paul’s letters to the Christians there. We’re not going to be going through the letters verse by verse, or chapter by chapter. Rather, we are going to study 1 and 2 Corinthians thematically, looking at some of the themes and issues raised in these letters. This evening’s sermon was a basic introduction to the series, as we considered Paul’s arrival in Corinth.

Straw on the Christmas Tree

Thanks to a suggestion made in the CPAS book, ‘Making the most of Christmas 2’, everyone who came to church yesterday was handed a piece of straw as they went home, to put on their Christmas tree. The straw was to remind them of the humble beginning of the life of Jesus, the Saviour of the World, and also that he is able to take us, transform us, and use us in his service.

I was delighted with the way that everyone took this to heart, and their eagerness to take some straw home to use as part of their Christmas decorations.