I have just put the phone down after a most distressing call from my dear friend Sydney Pegg, pastor of the Bournemouth Bountiful Baptist Church. He has been repenting in dust and ashes since Sunday. For the first time in 13 years, the Bountiful Baptists had a service in which a holidaymaking visitor did not stand up and give them "a word from God". What has he done, he was wondering, that his fellowship should be abandoned so?
I suggested they simply had no holidaymakers with them this Sunday, due to the weather. Maybe it is only visitors that have a word for them - on the principle of "a prophet in his own country"? But he was inconsolable. I shall pray for sun on the South Coast.