London Journal – Sunday, March 22, 2009

Today is Mothering Sunday, or Mother’s Day, in England – maybe in all of Great Britain. We saw all kinds of beautiful flowers for sale at the shops yesterday and today.

We went with Judy and their son Jason to Harrow International Christian Church, the church she normally attends – and Jay does, too, when his speaking schedule allows. The building, on a main street, is narrow but four stories tall.

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The congregation is multi-ethnic, with an attendance of 300 to 400, which is huge for a church in UK. Pastor Michael Carr preached today, a message that was clear, biblical and life-related, with appropriate humor.

He urged us to speak of our walk with Christ in honest, realistic terms. “We must avoid the fake ‘shiny, happy people’ syndrome.”

From there we hurried off to All Souls Church for the weekly workshop on sharing the gospel with people of other faiths, especially our distant cousins. The speaker was Dr. M., who is a speaker and writer on these issues. He talked about the Apostle Paul and the vision he had of Jesus when he (Paul) was on the road to Damascus. Our distant cousins often misunderstand this vision and the nature of Paul’s message. They accuse Paul of creating a new message, to win people to a new religion of his making.

Then off to Speakers’ Corner. Some of the Muslim speakers like to dress up in special robes, which makes a colorful sight and no doubt helps to draw a crowd.

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Again I engaged in conversation with anyone who wants to talk. I spent some time with some atheists, one of whom was the same engaging fellow who talked with me last Sunday.

I pray for all people that they will become followers of Christ because, as the Apostle John wrote:
God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. I John 5:11-12

Next our team went to a restaurant for supper. Then we met for a private session and prayer with one of the team members.

And back to our hotel to pack.

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