Armchair Critics

By November 14, 2014 Blog

If you don’t like carols, are you even a Christian? I ask because I’m sitting in Starbucks, where they’ve been pumping out festive tunes since October. And quite frankly,  I’m ready for the hills. This means that the news of Band Aid 30 re-releasing ‘Do they Know It’s Christmas?’ doesn’t fill me with great joy. They’re doing it to raise funds for Ebola victims and that’s important. But seriously…Messianic pop-stars crooning about the West rescuing Africa- is that the best we can do? I’m ready to rant.  But thinking it …Read More

Take Me To Church

By November 13, 2014 Blog

With apologies to: Hozier and Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC: My God’s got a sense of humour He’s Lord of the wedding and Lord of the funeral Courts no man’s approval I should’ve worshipped Him sooner Listened when the Heavens spoke Said Jesus is the Father’s true mouthpiece Every Sunday’s a reminder Fresh grace for each week ‘We were born sick,’ my heart screams it My church offers hope and healing Tells me ‘I’m more than what I do in the bedroom’ …Read More

Responding to Relapse

By November 12, 2014 Blog

1. Don’t panic.  Relapse is not the same as tumbling back into that pit. This moment – right now – is where you stop sliding and start climbing. 2. Don’t pretend it’s okay.  It’s not. We both know where these patterns lead. We both know that it’s bigger than you.  And we both know there’s a window when you can seek help and make decisions; a window that may close if you leave it much longer. 3. It will never be easier to …Read More

Peace In Our Time

By November 11, 2014 Blog

Peace is something I often take for granted.  On days like today, I’m reminded of those who died protecting us – and I’m thankful. Imagine it – your dad or brother or husband, packed off to war.  Rumours of front-line atrocities you can’t even contemplate. Waiting, without a phone or email, to hear if they’re okay. Wanting desperately to believe the media reports of glorious victory. Knowing in your heart that there’s nothing glorious about war. Thank goodness it’s over. Except that, it’s not. …Read More

All We Need

By November 10, 2014 Blog

A poem by Glen… Revelation 7:17 For mistakes we can’t forget and the sins that still beset… We have a Lamb. For our anxious little realm, for the fears that overwhelm… We have a throne. For our lost and lonely hearts, for our gnarled and tangled paths… We have a Shepherd. For our dry and listless souls and our thirst for being whole… We have Living Water. For regret and ravaged years, for sweet and bitter tears We have a Father. “The Lamb at …Read More

The Problem with Porn

By November 9, 2014 Blog

1.Nearly two-thirds of Christian men view porn on a monthly basis (source) 2. One in ten Christian women view porn on a monthly basis. Broken down by age group, women between the ages of 31 and 49 were revealed to be the most active pornography viewers with 42 percent, or four out of 10, watching at least monthly (source) 3. 90% of 8-16 year olds have watched porn online.  The average age for first viewing is 11 (source: Gail Dines-  see end of …Read More

Two Ticks, No Dog

By November 6, 2014 Blog

When Glen and I got married, here’s how it worked.  He was looking for someone to tell him what to do, and I was looking for someone to boss around. There were other factors. Attraction, a shared faith and sense of humour, (up to a point). But underneath it all – the romance and the confetti, the dim lighting and the poetry – a little boy afraid of taking control and a little dictator who would die rather than give it up. Sounds extreme, …Read More

To End All Wars

By November 5, 2014 Blog

Here’s Glen’s new spoken word video. Share it around!   Share…FacebookTwitterTumblrPinterestGoogle+StumbleUponDiggemail

Gospel Chivalry?

By November 4, 2014 Blog

Ladies.  (How do you feel about being called ‘ladies?’ Would ‘women’ be better? Gosh, this is a minefield and I’m only on the first sentence…) You’re standing on the bus.  A man taps you on the shoulder and offers you his seat.  Do you: a.) kick him in the groin. How dare he patronise you – and in a public place? b.) Politely decline.  You’re just as capable of him as standing. c.) Say ‘thank-you’ and sit.  You feel a …Read More

Don’t Drown Together

By November 3, 2014 Blog

What do you do if someone you love is caught up in an addiction? They want help – but the help they want is not the kind they need. They want to be rescued, or just left alone – but you can’t do either. They’re trapped and unable to get out – but every day they make decisions which mire them deeper in the mess. So. You can be hard.  I can’t help you.  I won’t.  Sort yourself out and come back …Read More