Car Crash

By June 28, 2016 Blog

“How old are you? How much do you weigh? What did you eat that day? Well what did you have for dinner? Who made dinner? Did you drink with dinner? No, not even water? When did you drink? How much did you drink? What container did you drink out of? Who gave you the drink? How much do you usually drink? Who dropped you off at this party? At what time? But where exactly? What were you wearing? Why were …Read More

Breaking Bad (Repost)

By June 20, 2016 Blog

Sorry for my lack of posts: I’m trying to meet some Nasty Deadlines, but will be blogging afresh soon. In the meantime, here’s one from the archives: …. It’s okay not to be okay. It doesn’t feel like it, but that’s the truth. It’s part of being human. Which, unless I’m missing something, means that CHRISTIANS STRUGGLE TOO. Believers have problems. Not just ‘Christian’ ones: Skipping the odd quiet time. Forgetting to pray for a missionary. Young Jenny being passed over for …Read More

True Radicalism

By June 13, 2016 Blog

Powerful new video from Glen:   Share…

Heads, She Wins?

By June 8, 2016 Blog

I’ve been humming and ha-ing about this post. That’s because it talks a bit about SUBMISSION, which is a very dangerous word. It’s dangerous, because it means different things to different people. And because it carries a lot of weight. Some of the weight comes from the Bible. But some of it comes from prejudice and judgements. And it’s hard to sort between the two. Seven sentences in and I’ve already said “submission, prejudice and judgements”. This is not a great beginning; and it doesn’t get …Read More

Dying for help

By May 30, 2016 Blog

If you’re struggling with an eating disorder and you go to your GP, you’re doing something enormously brave. You’re making yourself vulnerable. You’re sticking two fingers up to an addiction that can kill. You’re saying no to a host of voices that tell you, “you’re not sick enough, you don’t deserve any help.” The last thing you need to hear from your GP are the same words. “I’m sorry, but you’re not ill enough to qualify for treatment.” Sadly, this is …Read More

Helpless Helpers

By May 23, 2016 Blog

When I give my testimony, I sometimes talk to people afterwards.  The number one question I’m asked is this: How do I help my loved one give up an addiction? Every fibre of me wants to say, “here; here’s the answer.  Here’s what helps me; here’s what will help you.” But I can’t.  Because I don’t have one. For one thing, I’m far from the finished product.  I speak out of weakness, not as someone with answers, but someone who’s taking her questions …Read More

Growing Grown-Ups

By May 11, 2016 Blog

We were speaking in Birmingham over the weekend.  During the q and as, one question kept coming up.  How do we protect our children from  depression, self-hatred and anxiety?  How can we raise them to be strong, but weak in all the right ways? I wish I knew the answer.   So I asked some friends. Here’s some of their wisdom – and please share yours. don’t try and be perfect.  Kids don’t need perfect parents (and trying will kill us), but they …Read More

Shameless Plug

By May 2, 2016 Blog

I’ve written a wee booklet about eating disorders, published by the folks at Day One. Here’s the blurb: More than 1.6 million people in the UK suffer from diagnosed or undiagnosed eating disorders – and 14-25 year olds are most affected. What does the Bible say about this issue? If we’re struggling ourselves, how can we move forward? If we’re caring for others, how can we help? In this short booklet aimed at both sufferers and carers, Emma Scrivener looks at …Read More

Caught in a Cult

By April 25, 2016 Blog

About fourteen years ago I was involved in a cult. I didn’t realise it. It felt like the truth. And it felt lovely – until I tried to leave. I’d moved to London and was just getting settled.  One day, a girl of about my age approached me on the tube. She was warm and friendly and we chatted about life.  “I’m a Christian,” she said.  I smiled, “me too!” She asked about the church I was going to, and talked about hers. …Read More

Seeing Through The Sneers

By April 18, 2016 Blog

I’m tired of cynicism. Propping up the bar, all dark and self-conscious. You’re cool mate, but you’re miserable too. Standing back and passing judgement. Stamping on Shrugging at other people’s parades. Sneering, ‘it’ll never work. The world’s not like that.” Refusing to ever see the good. Well, forget it. It’s been fun…well – interesting, while it lasted.  But I’ve met someone new. Someone you know. Hope.  Yeah, her. The one we used to laugh at. “Unfashionable and embarrassing,” we said. …Read More