Anti-resolutions

By January 4, 2016 Blog

This year, by God’s grace: 1. I will not try to get my body into better shape. I’ll learn to love the one I’ve got. 2. I will not work harder.  I’ll accept free and liberating grace. 3. I will not do more.  I’ll glory in Jesus and soak up His rest. 4. I will not make more time for me.  I’ll ask God to help me lift my eyes to the world I forget. 5. I will not feel guilty.  I’ll go …Read More

True Detective

By November 16, 2015 Blog

I’ve always loved detective dramas – but not just for the tweed. You start with lots of questions. (Why is the heiress so secretive? Who took the candlesticks? What caused the fire in the library?) Frankly, it’s a bit of mess. So, you call in an expert.  Poirot, Marple or Morse. Then, you watch them work out the answers. Conflicts are resolved, wounds are healed and patterns emerge from chaos. A confession and a solution – all in 60 minutes.   That’s the …Read More

Love God

By November 2, 2015 Blog

So I’ve met this guy…and I think he’s The One!  My church friends like him and He’s good with people. We talk all the time and are never apart.  When I’m with him I get this amazing swooshy feeling in my tummy. He’s super-smart, creative, kind and has a good sense of humour, but serious too. He always cheers me up when I feel down and he’s always doing amazing stuff to prove how much he loves me. How did we meet? At home group.  His …Read More

Go Your Own Way (As Long as it’s Ours)

By October 12, 2015 Blog

It’s nonsense to say that Christianity is religious and the world is not. The world is filled with religion.  And this religion is far more judgemental, far more legalistic, far more moral and far more exclusive than the gospel. This religion tells you that: your body is salvation your happiness is paramount your choices are truth your hope is yourself. In this religion, independence is salvation. ‘Think different’ – but only to a point. Christians, after all, are shockingly intolerant. But step outside the …Read More

You Can Do It?

By October 5, 2015 Blog

You can be anything you want to be. Nonsense.   Maybe you want to be a pilot – but your eyesight is too weak. Maybe you want to be married – but you’re still single. Maybe you want to go to uni – but you can’t afford it. Maybe you want to be a six foot blonde with a golden tan.  But you’re an short brunette and you burn in the sun.   Maybe you want to be a gnu with green eyebrows. …Read More

The Total Nazarene Diet

By July 20, 2015 Blog

Summer’s here!  Your body may be Beach Ready, but is your soul Preach Ready? Scared to strip off at small group?  Sick of comparing yourself to the worship leader? Take Control and Fight the spiritual flab. It’s time to Take Back Your Temple – starting NOW. Try our NEW 40-day plan: You’ve nothing to lose, but your sins! Breakfast: Champions don’t just read their Bibles. They Do #Devotions, (now with 30% more Minor Prophets). Channel your spiritual qi by shouting “Jesus” “Preach it” each time you read …Read More

I Can’t Decide

By July 9, 2015 Blog

Things that make me anxious: Wasps. Small-talk. Admin. Deadlines. Phone-calls from numbers I don’t recognise, (Why are you calling me? Has somebody died?) And DECISION-MAKING. Given that each day is made up of choices, this can be a problem. Big ones (relationships, life choices, money etc).  But small ones too. Blue socks or green? Muesli or Weetabix? Ordering a coffee: Barista: HihowareyoutodaywhatcanIgetyou? E: Oh – hi. Fine, I think. Actually I’m knackered. You? Great.  Er – what did you ask me again? …Read More

Go Figure

By June 30, 2015 Blog

In the last ten years, the number of under-19s receiving treatment for an eating disorder has risen by 172%. That’s quite a stat. It should be surprising, except, well, it’s not. Everyone knows someone who’s been affected. Schools and colleges expect it. Many industries endorse it. A generation of young people (predominantly girls) are starving themselves to death and it’s part of the furniture. Eating disorders are not the only issue. But they’re the default for far too many. Why? Here are some guesses: …Read More

Not Good Enough: Hurrah!

By June 8, 2015 Blog

Thank God for friends. Chatting today, we shared our mutual shortcomings in the sphere of work/wifeliness/parenting/breathing.  Finally, we came to the conclusion that ‘good enough is – well, good enough.‘ You don’t have to be a wonder worker to justify your existence. You don’t need a spotless home to be worthwhile. The odd turkey twizzler will not kill your toddler. Give your best and that’s all anyone can ask. You’re good enough, just as you are. Sounds lovely, doesn’t it?  Liberating. Much better …Read More

Unconditional

By May 18, 2015 Blog

I’ve been talking to some friends about love. One who’s been single for many years, is now in a relationship. The other, who’s been childless for many years, has just had a wee boy. Both are rejoicing.  But both say this: ‘It’s wonderful – but it doesn’t fix you.’   The longed-for family.  The partner you’ve always dreamed of. When it comes to love, this is the best that the world can offer. And it’s wonderful – but it doesn’t …Read More