Category: Leaders’ Blog

Philip Ellwood

Where’s Your Chair?

Back in May, as part of our ‘Vital Signs’ series, we looked at what it is to ‘Live Nourished’: to have healthy hearts that are regularly fed by time experiencing God speak to us through the Bible. A number of people were impacted by the video clip we showed of American Pastor, Bill Hybels. Hybels… Read More

Philip Ellwood

Prayer & Fasting week – Sunday

Today’s theme: Thankfulness and love Read: ‘Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honour. Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.’ Romans… Read More

Philip Ellwood

Prayer & Fasting week – Saturday

Today’s theme: An issue of justice or need globally or locally Read: ‘Seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow’s cause.’ Isaiah 1:17 ‘Give justice to the weak and the fatherless; maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute. Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of… Read More

Philip Ellwood

Prayer & Fasting week – Friday

Today’s theme: New Ground & Middle East church plant Read: 9 After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, 10 and crying out… Read More

Philip Ellwood

Prayer & Fasting week – Thursday

Today’s theme: King’s Church’s leaders Read: Today’s passage was actually written by Paul telling the church in Colossae how he was praying for all of them, but it gives a wonderful structure of the kinds of things we can pray for our leaders. 3 We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray… Read More

Philip Ellwood

Prayer & Fasting week – Wednesday

Today’s theme: You, King’s Church & Kingston Read: 4 Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; 5 and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; 6 and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone. 7 To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit… Read More

Philip Ellwood

Prayer & Fasting week – Tuesday

Today’s theme: You & King’s Church Read: 4 Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; 5 and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; 6 and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone. 7 To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for… Read More

Philip Ellwood

Prayer & Fasting Week – Monday

Today’s theme: You & God Read: ‘Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him.’ Psalm 37:7 1 I will bless the Lord at all times;     his praise shall continually be in my mouth. 2 My soul makes its boast in the Lord;     let the humble hear and be glad. 3 Oh, magnify the Lord with me,     and… Read More

Philip Ellwood

Prayer & Fasting FAQs

We’re looking forward to our week of Prayer & Fasting at the beginning of January. As you begin to prepare for this time, I wanted to answer some common questions and concerns you may have. There are also lots more helpful tips on the International House of Prayer website. Can I fast from something other… Read More

Philip Ellwood

How could a loving God allow suffering?

When you combine social media, an atheist friend and the enormous question of how a Christian accounts for so much suffering in the light of the dreadful earthquakes in Nepal earlier this year, you have a potentially explosive question! You also have an opportunity: an opportunity to pray, study and live as a follower of… Read More

Philip Ellwood

The Offence of Aslan

“I don’t need anyone to die for me. I’ll take my chances” My friends, family and teammates have various responses to Jesus. Sometimes intrigued, often apathetic, occasionally dismissive. But every now and then there are those who are downright offended. Polly Toynbee is a well known, gifted journalist for The Guardian and one rightly admired… Read More

Philip Ellwood

Sword, Spade or Staff?

Warrior? Servant? Shepherd? Builder? Gardener? Farmer? Can we sum up what it is to be a Christian man? For some Christian men, especially those in the 18-35 demographic (amongst whom I remain for two more precious years!), the ‘warrior’ concept is appealing and motivating. Others are understandably repelled by either the historical horrors of ‘warrior… Read More