This is my story – Part Ten: The story behind Hope Reborn

It was Sunday October 14th, 2012. I was happy. My eldest daughter was being baptized that day. I was so thrilled for that, and so glad to be part of Jubilee Church that day. I was listening to my pastor, Tope Koleoso, preaching on the Pharisee and the Prostitute. Suddenly, out of the blue it hit me, “this needs to be a book” and not just that sermon, although it became the first chapter, but other things we had been teaching at Jubilee Church for years.I wrote an outline right there and then … [Read more...]

This is my story – Part Nine: blogging and Raised With Christ

This serialization of my story, my testimony if you will, has become rather long! But I haven’t really mentioned the blog so far. I thought in this post I would mention how the blog began and a few general points about it, and what it has led to for me. This post will not detail the highlights of the blog, as I have looked at that in my recent "most popular posts" article and my blog highlights series.People sometimes ask how I came to write a blog. I wish there was some kind of flash of i … [Read more...]

This is my story – Part Eight: My Career

As I speak about the story of my life, it has seemed easier to me when speaking about some of the most recent years to focus on different areas of life. I seem to wear a lot of different hats. One thing that has always amused me is that several people over the years have assumed that I must be full time working on my blog. But a man has to actually earn a living, as blogging certainly doesn't pay the bills.We all have a vocation. We have a role, we have a job to do. The pinnacle of Christian … [Read more...]

This is my story – Part Seven: My Church

As soon as Andrée and I got married, in the summer of 1995, we moved church, and later home, to be a part of what was then a tiny church plant in Enfield, North London. I had met the founding pastor, Colin Potter at a Newfrontiers conference, and as we planned to live in North London, felt that joining his new church was the best thing for us as a newly married couple.. The early days of the church plant were exciting, challenging, but at times it felt like it was slow moving.For a season we … [Read more...]

This is my story – Part Six: My Marriage

Like many young men and women, I remember being quite anxious about finding my future life partner. I had no real serious relationships, until I had been at medical school for several years. Then there was a girl I dated for a few months, but to be honest I was not a very good boyfriend. We were both Christians, and yet didn’t see eye-to-eye on so many things. We ended up rowing a lot. After a while, I think we both came to realize that being “unequally yoked” doesn’t just refer to a Christian an … [Read more...]

This is my story – Part Five: Moving to London

By the age of 18, I had a lot of the over-confidence of youth, but that was tinged with the realization that I had a lot to learn. As I left the safety of my parental home and launched out into London to study medicine, God had a plan to teach me one of the most important lessons of my life—one which every now and then I am reminded that I still do not fully live in the light of.My youthful enthusiasm for God was, at least in part, because I felt I could hold my own socially in a church e … [Read more...]

This is my story – Part Four: My Teenage Years

I concluded the last section of my story by explaining that because of my father’s job relocation, we moved away from the church in which I had been so happy.For me, moving away from my friends and the church I had so loved was tough. Suddenly I discovered that there were actually churches that were different to the one in which I’d grown up. Well, to be fair, I had previously also been aware of the Anglican church that had been linked to my primary school—but the subtleties of the different … [Read more...]

This is my story – Part Three: My Baptism and sense of call

As a young child, one of my favorite verses was the following: Acts 10:47—“Can anyone withhold water for baptizing these people, who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?” My parents found themselves with no arguments left. I had received the Spirit just as they had. I was clearly a Christian. How could they stop me any longer from being baptized?I remember the day well. We had a temporary wooden baptistery with a plastic lining. I loved watching the pipes being used to fill and em … [Read more...]

This is my story – Part Two: seeing the birth of a movement

I wonder if my father thought that what had happened the night I said I wanted to become a Christian had been real. I was so young; could I really understand it? Could this short conversation which ended in me praying really make such a difference to me? Could it be true that I had accepted Christ at such a young age?I do remember being in no doubt about it the next morning when I had an argument with a member of my family. I wanted us to tell my two year old sister, but this grown-up … [Read more...]

This is my story Part One: How I got born again

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For the next couple of weeks I am disconnecting from the Internet as I usually do around this time of year. I have scheduled some posts for you which works through my testimony.One of the things about a blog is that it is, by its very nature, a very personal thing. You meet not just a set of ideas, but a person. A few years ago I set about sharing the brief story of my life with you. In some ways it feels like a strange thing to do, which is probably why I never completed it!But, I do … [Read more...]


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