Archbishop Steven visited Oxford in May for a church dedication service with Reverend Christopher Hughes. While in Oxford Archbishop Steven met with a couple of enthusiastic, intelligent, students! He said, ‘It was a joy to engage with students who recognise the impact of theology into our worldview.’
He was given a tour around Keble College Chapel followed by Wycliffe College.
‘A couple of years ago I encouraged a young man to study theology so I was so delighted today as he showed us around Wycliffe College where he is now a full-time student!’.
Keble College Chapel owns the original of William Holman Hunt’s painting The Light of the World, which is hung in the side chapel (accessed through the chapel). The picture was completed in 1853 after eight years of work, and originally hung in the Royal Academy. It was then given as a gift to the college.
We also saw the cross in the road at Broad St which marks the site of the martyrdom. It’s a reminder that sometimes you’ve got to stand for what you believe in, fight the good fight of faith, and make a decision that something is right and you will make a stand. Latimer said, ‘Be of good comfort, Master Ridley, and play the man; we shall this day light such a candle by God’s grace in England as shall never be put out’.
At Wycliffe College Chapel the light was shining in and created an interesting reflection on the photograph. What interesting reflection is the light of the Gospel making into your life? There are hidden keys waiting to be found by the children of light. They are hidden for you not from you. Can you see them?
Congratulations to TICCN Bishop Michael Fleming and Sarah for being invited to King Charles’ Garden Party at Buckingham Palace ahead of the King’s Coronation. A well deserved honour for faithful workers in the Kingdom!
The Coronation was a wonderful service filled with the best of our ancient Christian faith. To a large degree centred around the life of Jesus Christ. As we pray for King Charles let’s keep the eternal perspective close in our minds:
‘Behold, I am coming quickly! Hold fast what you have, that no one may take your crown’ (Revelation 3:11).
Every believer has a crown, there’s often little fuss about the invisible crown but it is eternal not temporal. Consequently, the eternal crown is of far greater importance than any earthly crown. Believers live in an eternal kingdom and own an eternal crown, and can set a much needed example by reigning in life (Romans 5:17).
Patriarch John Githiga of All Nations Anglican Church has graciously blessed us today in remembering a tremendous healing miracle:
“I still remember a healing miracle which the Lord did through you Bishop Steven. I had come to England from a very challenging mission to India and was coughing blood, you then prayed for me and I was instantly healed. We praise God for you and the family. ”
Patriarch John reminds us that God still heals, still moves mountains for those who believe! Jesus, what a wonder you are!❤️