Guest Post: Seeing and Being Seen

By September 19, 2012 Blog

Guest post by Glen.. The word “shocking” is being used about Kate’s topless photos.  Yet there’s nothing shocking about her topless sunbathing.  Nothing “shocking” about a photographer with a telephoto lens (this invasion of privacy is standard for the Paparazzi).  Nothing shocking about there being a market for such photos. But here’s one thing that’s shocked me: I have had no desire to see them.  That’s really surprised me. Well of course, you might say, you’re married, you’re a Christian, you’re …Read More

Life on Pause

By September 18, 2012 Blog

Can you teach me how to live? It’s a genuine question. Existing, I can do.  Managing and muddling through. But living – actually living, well.  I have no idea. Seems to me I live life backwards or forwards – but rarely in the present. It’s a deliberate choice. I’ve ordered my life to make sure that the present is something I never have to face.  From the radio spluttering in the silence, to the checklists that ring-fence those (never ever) …Read More

Lost?

By September 17, 2012 Blog

Been thinking a bit about the Christian life. (Don’t worry, nothing deep). Feels like holding a map.  On it, there are two red dots marked ‘A’ and ‘B’. ‘B’ is where I’m headed.  The end point.  The destination. I’m not sure what it looks like, but I know I want to get there. Maybe it’s ‘Godliness’.  (That’s nice but – erm, not hugely inspiring). Maybe it’s the ‘Victorious Christian Life’.  Nope, that’s worse. And I’m not sure it even exists – at least, not in the cartoon form I …Read More

On Self-Esteem

By September 16, 2012 Blog

Been chatting recently about the issue of ‘self-esteem’ and I’d love to know what you make of it. I find it a difficult topic to address because it comes laden with so much cultural baggage.  I tend to use other phrases – like identity or acceptance, because it’s easier than having to take on the raft of associations (both positive and negative) that surround it. I think it’s vital that we see the enormous worth that Jesus gives us – independent of …Read More

Did you email me?

By September 14, 2012 Blog

Dear S I got your email yesterday, but the address you left is bouncing back: can you mail me again? Thanks! Emma   Share…FacebookTwitterTumblrPinterestGoogle+StumbleUponDiggemail

Who’s the Daddy?

By September 13, 2012 Blog

When did you first begin to grow up? For me, it was when I realised that my Dad was a man and not a superhuman. Dad was the arc of strength and safety, encircling the universe and me in his arms. When I looked at him I saw myself: accepted, secure, loved. Nothing could harm me when he was there. Nothing could shake me from his still centre. Dad knew everything.  He didn’t get scared like other people.  He governed our home with wisdom and might: …Read More

God of the Barren

By September 12, 2012 Blog

Next week we’ve got a Fertility appointment and I don’t think I can do it. Sorry – there’ve been a lot of ‘I can’t do it’ posts recently – but this underpins a lot. We’ve been told we won’t conceive naturally, if at all. Both of us got issues and they’re not easy to fix. It’s not the end of the world – but it is very, very hard. For the man as much as the woman – no matter …Read More

He is Worth It

By September 11, 2012 Blog

As you take steps of faith, depending on Me, I will show you how much I can do for you. If you live your life too safely, you will never know the thrill of seeing Me work through you. When I gave you my Spirit, I empowered you to live beyond your strength. That’s why it is so wrong to measure your energy levels against the challenges ahead of you. The issue is not your strength, but Mine, which is …Read More

No Apologies Needed

By September 11, 2012 Blog

Ever feel like you’re too thick to take on the arguments of Dawkins, Hitchens et al? Well, my friends, I bring good news –  Francis Spufford has got there first. You can read his actual defense here, but here’s the opener to an article he wrote for the Guardian: My daughter has just turned six. Some time over the next year or so, she will discover that her parents are weird. We’re weird because we go to church. This means …Read More

Peeled Away

By September 10, 2012 Blog

I’ve spent the last week living in community – with friends and with strangers. Just a few years ago, this would have felt impossible. I could barely leave the house, let alone the country. Just going to the corner-shop was too terrifying to contemplate. I couldn’t eat breakfast with my husband, let alone every meal with strangers. I couldn’t meet the eyes of friends, let alone tell my story to a roomful of people. … These are good things. But …Read More