Is it ok to ask some questions..?

By October 16, 2013 Blog

You’re a Christian.  But you struggle. … You know it’s ok to battle with some things: odd fibs or slip ups.  Not praying enough for missionaries. Watching Something You Shouldn’t – provided you never do it again. But what if you do?  Is there is a limit to God’s grace?  A point at which He says, ‘Sorry, but I’m done.   Deal with your addiction. Tear out your pride. Stamp out this idol. Move on – and come back when you’re …Read More

Newcomers’ Welcome?

By October 15, 2013 Blog

I get it. I’m not comfortable, like other folks.  I’ve got edges where I ought to be smooth. Nothing’s said, but I see your faces change.  You smile; but you’re nervous.  And I’m nervous too. I’ve come from a very different place. I don’t look like you do.  Where I’m from this is normal – but with you it feels odd.  I try and make myself fit, but there’s no room. There’s too much of me – and not enough. I …Read More

The Sheep’s Psalm

By October 14, 2013 Blog

The world is my shepherd It fills me with wants It makes me run round; ever faster. It leads me to busy shopping centres It reinforces my sense of inadequacy It leads me down paths of indulgence, for self-esteem’s sake.   Yea, though I queue in the self-service checkout I will fear no missed bargains; For my credit card is with me; My smartphone and my flatscreen, they comfort me. Marks and Spencer have prepared food before me in the …Read More

Conversion? Experience?

By October 13, 2013 Blog

This morning I gave my testimony.  I talked about meeting Jesus when I was in a very dark place. And halfway though, someone stopped me and asked, ‘what do you mean, you ‘met Jesus?’ I was flustered.  Thrown off-course. ‘Well,’ I said, ‘I met Him in the Bible.  I’d thought of Him as being Big and far-off, but not Jesus the man – the person, who wants relationship. But when I read Revelation 5, I saw Him for who He …Read More

Omnifear

By October 10, 2013 Blog

I’m doing some talks this weekend and, as usual, am feeling very nervous. I’m an excellent worrier but rubbish with waiting. Even in dreams, when assassins are on my trail, I always stop running. Better dead, than this ridiculous pretense at escape.  I take my stress for a walk. Rearrange some tins, purchase an unripe mango and make huffing noises.  None of this helps.  Maybe I should use words.   ‘BIUHUOHSUHDXJKssssjk talktomorrow jknfkj;fkjndkclksdmckddk,kkk;;;;…!’ Glen rolls his eyes. ‘You’ll be fine’  he …Read More

Desperate Faith

By October 9, 2013 Blog

What does faith look like? Easy trust? Absolute confidence in the Father’s love? A sense of belonging at church? A smiley face, even in the toughest times? Unwavering, unquenchable belief? Knowledge of the appropriate Scriptures for every situation? … Or maybe, maybe it’s desperation: “A large crowd followed and pressed around Jesus.  And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years. She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent …Read More

Why I Worry

By October 8, 2013 Blog

1. I want to avoid disappointment 2. If I put in the worry hours, the bad stuff won’t happen 3. I like to plan for all the awful possibilities 4. I’m not sure God has heard me 5. It’s too big/small for Him to deal with 6. Unlike the rest of me, my brain isn’t fallen.  I can therefore think my way through 7. Glen doesn’t worry enough – I need to do it for both of us 8. Things …Read More

You Too

By October 7, 2013 Blog

You’ve done it again. You said you wouldn’t but you have. I’ll never go back.  But you did. I swear I’ll change.  But you didn’t  – and you never do. Too much water under the bridge to ever return? Too much mess to ever undo? No. What shall separate us from the love of God that is in Jesus Christ our Lord? Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor …Read More

From The Other Side

By October 4, 2013 Blog

The Mother: ‘I am overwhelmed with desperation and loss.  I’ve seen counsellors, rung helplines, chatted to the Samaritans. Anorexia has stolen my 18-year-old daughter, my lovely, funny, beautiful friend.  It’s worse than your worst nightmare – indescribable. I live with this person who used to laugh at my jokes, tell me her secrets, share her chocolate, make me coffee after work – everyday things that I took so much for granted. But now my daughter has gone – replaced by …Read More

Are You Really A Christian? Take Our Test

By October 3, 2013 Blog

Is your church having an Impact? Are you living a Victorious Christian life? Are you conversations Intentional? Is your prayer Authentic? Are you reading ‘Be Faithful?’ Is your church – Seeker Friendly?  Culturally Relevant? Missional? Do you have a fish on your car? Is your worship accompanied by key changes? Do you use the phrases ‘awesome’,  ‘burden’ and ‘bro?’ Does your youth leader have a Directional Haircut? How’s your garden: any hedges of protection? Do you think Preach is a …Read More