Victims and survivors

By May 21, 2011 Blog

Abuse is a very serious word.  And it takes many different forms. Information can be abused.  So can rank, power and trust. Animals can be abused.  So of course, can people. Abuse  can be deliberate or unintentional, sustained or temporary. It can be mental, emotional, political, corporate,  institutional, sexual, physical, or spiritual. It can come from individuals or groups.  It can even be self-inflicted. Whatever its shape, what do we do with its legacy? Is a Christian response different to …Read More

Girl Overboard

By May 20, 2011 Blog

Ahoy there pop pickers.  Apologies in advance for this post. I’ve had some sort of poisonous jungle-fever, (ok a virus) and it’s reshuffled my brain cards so they don’t quite add up. ‘Normal’ service will resume shortly, courtesy of Doctor Codeine and his merry band of aspirins. But in the meantime I’m taking this opportunity to spout absolute nonsense. For starters, I’ve been having weird dreams full of witch trees and evil grandmas. When I’m in them, I know I’m …Read More

Women Who Worry

By May 18, 2011 Blog, identity

Are women more anxious than men? If so, are we born that way or does panic just evolve, along with the wrinkles? Before you drown me out with howls of protest, let me say this : I don’t think we can characterise women like we would potatoes. We’re not all the same and thus we’re not all headless chickens. However, in my limited experience, women tend to internalise stress more than guys. Glen’s not agonising at three in the morning …Read More

Helena Wilkinson on ED

By May 17, 2011 Blog

Helena Wilkinson is a Christian counsellor who specialises in eating disorders.  She speaks from personal experience, having suffered from anorexia in her teens. Here’s the link to the first of two talks by Helena, where she discusses different kinds of eating disorders and related conditions such as self-harming. It was originally aired on Premier radio on 8 May. Share…FacebookTwitterTumblrPinterestGoogle+StumbleUponDiggemail

Lost in Lakeland

By May 16, 2011 Blog

In a famous 80s comedy  routine, Ben Elton   mocked telephone sex lines by comparing them to telephone food lines. ‘No-one’ he declared, ‘would phone a restaurant merely to ask the chef if they’d describe the menu.’  It was met with uproarious laughter.  Not any more. ‘Food porn’ is everywhere. Switch on the TV  and one programme that’s always playing is  ‘Come Dine With Me’. A show where we tune in to vicariously enjoy someone else’s feast and social life, …Read More

Funny How..

By May 15, 2011 Blog

.. even in our churches, it is  ok to say some things but not others.. I’ve had such a stressful day I finished a bottle of wine on my own = okay I’ve been drinking a lot recently and don’t know how to stop = not My husband never listens to a word I say. I think he’s on another planet = okay I don’t know how to talk to my wife anymore. We share the same house but we …Read More


By May 14, 2011 Blog

Aaah Eurovision.  The colossus of television.  It’s not the same without Wogan and his hip flask, but we mustn’t grumble. Young Graeme does his best. Here’s some predictive highlights; Anyone dressed as a lumberjack, in head to toe leather or sporting a viking hat (with horns) Interpretive dance (especially when metaphors are enacted literally.  Hearts breaking, chains falling off, lights coming on, backing dancers dropping to their knees) Filler ‘lyrics’.  (‘Oooooh-wwoooo’, ‘shadwaddywaddy’, ‘shoodebopbop’) More key changes than a locksmith Codpieces …Read More

Crocodile Tears

By May 13, 2011 Blog

Have you ever played whack a croc? It’s like crack for the ‘Hungry Hippo’ generation. Here’s the rules of the game. You’ve got a mallet and a machine with 15 holes in it.  Mallet at the ready, you then wait  for random crocs to stick their heads above the parapet, so you can hammer ‘em back down. Forget all those interweb playground games.  I’m telling you, big boys hit crocs. What’s my point? That Jesus is a bit like a …Read More

Crazy in Love?

By May 12, 2011 Blog

I’ve written before about the stigma that attaches to mental health problems. Even within your family or closest friends, it can be difficult to be honest about your struggles – let alone when it comes to dating. There’s a fine line between being honest about what you can and can’t take on and writing people off without getting to know them. So I was interested to hear about the growth of dating websites, set up specifically for people with these …Read More

When you can’t pray

By May 11, 2011 Blog

Glen here.  How much thought do you give to the Priesthood of Jesus?  It seems to me to be a much neglected teaching.  But it’s absolutely crucial, especially when thinking about mental illness. What’s it all about?  Well here’s Job, Paul and the writer to the Hebrews… “Even now my witness is in heaven; my advocate is on high. My intercessor is my friend as my eyes pour out tears to God; on behalf of a man he pleads with …Read More