Not Like Us

By April 18, 2012 identity

Every town has them. The addicts. Drunk or high, often before breakfast.  Not to be harsh, but  – damaged goods.    They’ve made their choices – and now they’re reaping the consequences.  Step aside and leave them to it. Cardboard cut-outs of people, greying and familiar – yet alien too: hardly human. Watch how they act. Sometimes so still – silent and solitary, even in their packs. Bent double, hunched, crumpled and defeated.A blank-eyed, hundred-yard stare. What are they thinking? But …Read More

We Need To Talk About Heaven

By April 17, 2012 Blog, identity

I like to think of myself as a bit of a ‘kooky’ believer.  A little too edgy for Church. Zany! A bit of a rebel – and way too cool for that dogma stuff. Not for me the mainstream precepts.  Get this – I listen to non-Christian bands.  Doctrine? That’s ole’ school, man.  Get with the beat, baggy. Doctrine’s for sad old has-beens. Of course, this is nonsense.  For starters, I’m as edgy as my Dad’s golf socks.  It’s tempting …Read More

Reasons to Keep Going

By April 16, 2012 Blog

1. You are loved.   There are also people who care about you – even if you can’t see it or if you’ve lost someone close.  There are people who would care about you too, if you were to open up to them, even just a little. And more than this, God loves you.  That’s a life-changing, unalterable fact – not a greeting card sentiment. 2. You’re not in control, but that’s okay.  God is and He can be trusted. …Read More

The Price of Perfection

By April 15, 2012 Blog

I never thought I’d have anything in common with James Cameron.  The man who brought us ‘Titanic: the movie’ and – worse still – a song that goes on and on and on and – (Stop! Make it stop! My ears are BLEEDING) You get the gist. But – Celine Dion aside – it turns out that we think in similar categories.  Here’s what he says; ‘People call me a perfectionist, but I’m not.  I’m a rightist: I do something …Read More

Cover Stories

By April 13, 2012 Blog, identity

Picture the scene. The airport.  It’s the final boarding call. You’re poised between WH Smith and the departure gate. Ahead of you stretches a twelve hour flight.  Customs have confiscated your paperbacks.  Your Kindle has exploded.  And in front of you is a table of books from unfamiliar authors.  In your head a bearded yoda whispers, ‘Don’t judge a book by its cover’. But sometimes, what else have you got to go on? In a sea of scripts, a striking …Read More

BEST Movie Cliches.

By April 12, 2012 Blog

cop who doesn’t do things by the book, but dammit he gets results ignorant superior officer OR Chief who wants top cops off the case ponytail = bad guy men in tight t-shirts running through sprinklers, (ok, this doesn’t really happen but if it did…) hero carries exact taxi fare.  Taxi driver wears floral shirt, is saving for dream home and has a nagging wife. German terrorists let me tell you my evil plan and then fail to kill you …Read More

Mind the Gap

By April 11, 2012 Blog, identity

There’s often a gap between the masks we show the world and our true faces.  Between the stories we tell others and the truths we keep hidden.   But perhaps these masks also reveal as much as they disguise. This subject  is explored in depth by the artist Gillian Wearing, whose work is currently being shown in Whitechapel Gallery, London. Wearing’s first major work was ‘Signs that say what you want them to say and not Signs that say what …Read More

Postal Strike

By April 10, 2012 Blog

Funny old day, today.  Were it dancing for my entertainment, I’d remark kindly on its sequins, and then slam it with a 3. For starters, it’s a Monday, masquerading as a Tuesday.  No-one likes that.  Or the wrench as you shift your gears from holiday back to working (or not working) week. Then there was a trip to the hospital. Hospitals are strange places at the best of times.  Just think of the hundreds of life-changing conversations and procedures that …Read More

Fathers and Daughters

By April 9, 2012 Blog

When I was a little girl, there was no-one who could touch my dad.  In a confusing and threatening world, he was the still centre.  When he held me in his arms, no-one could hurt me.  Nothing could take me from him. My dad did a great job and I wouldn’t swap him for the world. But one of the hardest parts of growing up was the discovery that my dad was human – he didn’t have all the answers, …Read More

Why It Matters

By April 8, 2012 Blog

1. if Jesus didn’t rise from the dead, then He’s dangerous as well as deluded.  He’s not a nice bloke who got a bit confused.  He’s a megalomaniac and a perpetrator of lies. His followers are to be pitied as well as despised. 2. if he didn’t rise from the dead, then He’s not the Son of God.  He’s not a Saviour. And the gospel may be a ‘good’ way to live – but it’s completely ineffectual against death.  And …Read More