A Tale of Two Cups (Glen)

By April 17, 2014 Blog

Here’s audio of Glen’s sermon from which this is taken: It’s Maundy Thursday and the next 24 hours is a story of two cups. One cup was offered in the upper room.  The other cup was offered in the Garden of Gethsemane. One cup Jesus gives to us.  One cup He drinks for Himself One cup is a cup for the forgiveness of sins.  One cup is a cup of wrath and judgement. One cup brings life.  One cup brings …Read More

Ordinary Ambition

By April 16, 2014 Blog

I’m always amused by the L’Oreal strapline: “Because you’re worth it.” You’re worth what? Mascara? It’s a back-handed compliment. Like saying “Your house is nice but have you considered painting it?” What’s wrong with au naturel? What happened to being ‘alright’?  Not stunning, not minging, not ‘a bit of alright’ – just, alright. ‘Normal’ – like on Gogglebox, instead of ‘Normal’ like on Made in Chelsea. Why have I got to be an Olympic champion? Or an academic? A master-chef …Read More


By April 15, 2014 Blog

My mum has recently discovered the joys of email. Unfortunately she’s trigger happy when it comes to punctuation. Everything is written in CAPS and with EXCLAMATION MARKS!!!!!!!! So it feels like she’s shouting and jumping up and down, even when it’s just an update on her jigsaw. Galatians 2:19-21 is the equivalent of mum’s outbox and on days like today, when I’m feeling sub-standard, it hits the spot.  Here’s how Paul puts it, (indented words mine) THROUGH THE LAW I …Read More

After Happily Ever After

By April 14, 2014 Blog

Don Carson relates an interview he heard with a man who’d been married for 60 years: ‘Have you ever considered divorce?’ the man was asked. ‘Divorce?’ he replied, ‘never.  But murder – often”. Marriage is not easy. I don’t know any couple who can’t understand what that man means on some level. But when you’re facing times of murderous incomprehension, it can feel like you’re alone.  More specifically, it can feel like you’re the only Christians on the planet who are …Read More

The Value of a VW

By April 13, 2014 Blog

I never wanted to be a vicar’s wife. In fact, my fear of becoming one nearly killed me. Not because I’ve got anything against them – the opposite.  I admire them too much. Many of the vicar’s wives I’ve known have been LADIES of LEGEND, feminine, capable, godly, and (apparently) normal.  (You can never tell of course, but as soon as one breaks cover I’ll let you know)… The prospect of shouldering those expectations sent me spiraling into an eating …Read More

“Bread of Heaven” An Easter Video

By April 11, 2014 Blog

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Dodgy Devotions

By April 10, 2014 Blog

A confession.  Glen and I don’t read the Bible together. We tried.  And it was not good. You try doing bible study with a vicar with an encyclopedic memory.  He already Knows the answers. And the context.  And the original Greek. Plus, we have different approaches: He’s broad sweep,  I’m details. He’s all ‘-ologies’ and ‘-isms’  – I’m starting-block and practicalities. Of course in some things, we’re the same.  Unfortunately, these are the bad things. We’re both stubborn and opinionated and …Read More

Not Your Struggles

By April 9, 2014 Blog

All of us have insecurities and all of us have secrets.  Some are written on our faces.  Some are hidden;  from  even our closest friends. It can feel like our struggles are us.  I am my bulimia; I am my depression; I am my failed relationships; I am my abortion. This is not the truth. All of us are human and all of us make mistakes.  But they do not define us. Things that we’ve said and thought and done. …Read More

Don’t Look Back

By April 7, 2014 Blog

What do you do with the past? The people you hurt.  The friends you pushed away. The choices you wish you never made.  The opportunities you never took.  The words you spoke – and the ones you should have said, but didn’t. Most of us, at points, would say “I want to go back. I want my chance again. I want to do it right.”   But going back over the past doesn’t work. At least, not when we do …Read More

Day By Day

By April 6, 2014 Blog

A wee while ago I gave a talk on ‘worry’.  Afterwards a lovely lady pressed this into my hand: and I’ve read it many times since: Step by Step: He does not lead me year by year Not even day by day But step by step my path unfolds My Lord directs my way. Tomorrow’s plans I do not know I only have this minute But He will say “This is the way, By faith now walk ye in it.” …Read More