About Richard

I am a man of strong passions – I am perturbed by boring, shallow people, people who don’t love and live for God with all their being – surely the God who made the universe, the God who lives in us, should produce powerful thoughts, words and deeds in our lives? Sometimes it would be easier not to be so passionate but I am, and most of the time I am happy in that. I try to think about life, God, the Christian faith, in fact almost everything I encounter – not  because I care about thinking but I care about Christians, about the Body of Christ, about the church and about using the brain God gave me. I don’t always think I am right but…

“…if the trumpet does not sound a clear call, who will get ready for battle?”

Here you will get a range of things: many that I care deeply about and am trying to encourage you to think about and interact with in a Holy Spirit filled, Word of God filtered and empowered way: Some posts will simply be notes from teaching or preaching in church or college life: There will also be some very personal insights into who I am and how I work. I still read The Beano.

I live in Siliguri which is in the north east of India and teach regular classes at Life transforming College International. I travel and preach / teach in other places too. I am English, married to a wonderful Indian woman of God. On average I post every two days. I love to get other peoples ideas and thoughts, as I say I am not always right (and sometimes I try not to be) – so please email me.

The simple version of all this is:

Passionate: About Jesus.
Love: my family, Soso, Hannah, Aaron, Grace, Thania & Dan.
Like: Leicester City Football Club, Leicester Tigers RUFC.
Dislike: Apathy, Religion, Meaningless Tradition, Sleepy Lukewarm Christians.
Did I mention I am passionate about Jesus?

12 thoughts on “About Richard”

  1. Great to hear from you – Vanuatu always sounds like a great place to be, I shall have a look at your site – LTCi is a small Bible school in its first full year offering a BTh, I teach a few courses during the academic year, as the only non-Indian on faculty I try to introduce the students to a few things they might not otherwise encounter – one of those courses was Intro to Christian Education, ICE – if you look at any of the notes you will see they are very simple, the guys here are in the early stages of learning to think! Hope we will get to speak more once I have a look at your site, i am just on my way to a conference in the south and will not be back until the weekend – the Lord bless you.

  2. Dear Sir, I am eldose Mathew from TOM @ Bangalore. hope you had good trip back to Siliguri. i was trying to download your class notes from Tom but somereason unable to do it. could you please help me? we were really blessed by your teaching; especially the quoting of JOhn wesley, Smith, etc
    Thank you, Eldose Mathew

  3. Richard,

    Your write up above concerns me: ” I hate boring people, shallow people, people who don’t love and live for God with all their being. ” Why would you say that you “hate” anyone? Doesn’t Christ call us to love those who curse us? To love our enemies? So I’m confused about why you would choose to express hate – a very strong emotion – over “boring & shallow people.”

    Now granted, I don’t really know anything about you – but this sounds very condescending and judgmental. Perhaps this doesn’t describe you at all – but in just reading this bio of yourself, it portrays you as opinionated, smug, and overly righteous.

    I pray that you are able to use your blog for furthering Christ’s love and using words carefully, not to anger fellow brothers and sisters in Christ, but to buoy up the Kingdom through love, respect, and kindness.

    “But when the Holy Spirit controls our lives, he will produce this kind of fruit in us: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.” Galatians 5:22

    Sincerely,
    Lauren

    1. Thanks for your comments Lauren, I shall prayerfully consider them, I am happy to take counsel from other Christians that the Lord might be using to correct me and my life.

  4. Dear Brother Richard we all are daily Praying for you and your Family and Ministry we Love you and we want that you come in Pakistan
    God Bless you
    Anwar

    1. Thank you – I continue to pray for you and your ministry – the Lord bless you my brother, Richard

  5. Hi Richard!

    Very interesting to see the establishment of LTC bible college.

    We wish you also to see many things take place for the Kingdom of God through you. It is also our prayer that may he Lord fill you with his love and power to move forward. You are too most welcome to teach in our Bible College called Yeshcol bible College.

    Kindly look at http://www.ybcweb.org

    with much love and regards

    John Selin

    1. do hope all is going well with you and all the Lord has called you to do John – please give my regards to your family

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