Scarborough Baptist Church

Battle for the Mind – Faith or Disillusionment


When we get together as Christians we usually smile and encourage one another, and this is all fine, of course. However, we seldom speak of our struggle to believe, our failures, our doubts.

In Mark 9: 23-25 we read of the following occurrence. A father brought his son to Jesus because he was “possessed of an evil spirit” that would not allow the boy to talk. He had convulsions went into fits. This had been happening since he was a small child. The father’s words to Jesus were: “Have mercy on us, and help us if you can.” Jesus answered him: “What do you mean, ‘if I can’? Anything is possible if a person believes.” And then the man uttered those words we know so well: “I do believe. Help me overcome my unbelief.”

We know with our minds and hearts that Jesus Christ is certainly capable of everything, almighty, all-powerful… but the niggle enters. Why should he do this for me? I am not a miracle-worthy person; and a miracle is only a miracle because it seldom happens.

Sometimes we have such confidence, but at other times we waver and our minds want to reason things out. That cancer treatment was the answer for Janet (“Praise the Lord!” we say) but the same treatment just didn’t work for Sam who went through agony before leaving this world. Was our belief different in these two cases? Is the fault ours for a lack of faith?

Let’s talk about our doubts and face them as this battle for our minds takes place.

The little boy in the story was healed. We don’t hear about the father’s reaction or his life after this. We can only imagine.



What are you doing for Christmas this year?

Why not join us for a low key Carol Singing event on Sunday evening 17 December? You would be more than welcome:)

Poetry afternoon – 22 July 2023


This was a combined Scarborough Baptist and Wembley Church of Christ occasion. It was a time of reflection, of laughter, of getting to know one another through poetry. Thanks to all who came. Some of us went up to the microphone, set up with lamplight and an easy chair at the front of the church, and read our chosen poems to the audience of about 40 people. Hopefully, this will lead to further poetry/songwriters’ get-togethers.

After Easter


Easter is often such a high point in our church calendars. We meet more often than we usually do; we relive (or try to gain some inkling of) the traumatic period in the life of the disciples of Jesus nearly 2000 years ago; and then the triumph of the resurrection in all of its emotional turbulence enters our hearts and minds on Easter Sunday morning. This can sometimes bring us to a place of emotional tiredness.

Someone at church asked me: so, what’s the next big occasion?

Christmas? I thought…

But inside my tired head a smile broke through – Easter is just the beginning, and we are now sent out once more to live our lives in the knowledge of his love and saving power; to make disciples; to do the work he started so long ago.

Christmas and Easter are both beginnings. In fact, isn’t the Christian life just a series of multiple beginnings, of being forgiven and starting over? The joy of never-ending beginnings…