I’m on my way to Southend andremembered my promise to comment on mini-CLAN.
Most people I have spoken to thought it was a success. Certainly the ministers involved were pleased with the response.
For me, the highlight was Kenny Borthwick preaching. He is the Church of Scotland minister in Westerhailes, a tough part of Edinburgh. When he talks of the kingdom of God, he speaks from experience. He has seen God work powerfully in people’s lives – both "spiritually" and with signs & wonders.
But the most powerful message was Saturday evening. He warned that we don’t get to heaven by looking good – that’s legalism. Nor simply by being good – piety. When the Spirit makes us holy it must show in our love for others. Signs & wonders have their place but giving someone food or a listening ear is more important.
It’s such a blessing and encouragement to see these CLAN guys emphasising foundations of faith whilst encouraging boldness in the Spirit.
(don’t know if I explained that very well!?)