Something for the Ladies?

By May 15, 2014 Blog

Sometimes I get asked to do talks, especially for women. (Scares the life out of me, but I’m very grateful to be invited). The topics can differ, but as often as not, the issue I’m asked to speak on is ‘self-esteem’. Like it or not, this has been tagged the big issue for ladies; or at least, one that we’re interested in. (I suspect men have the same questions, but they get butch wrapping, like; ‘Going for God’, ‘Stepping Out …Read More

Guess Who?

By May 14, 2014 Blog

Yesterday, a friend asked me to describe how I see Jesus. I’m still thinking.  But here’s a start… He’s gentle and fierce. He’s kingly and compassionate.  He speaks with love to outcasts and those the world rejects.  He’s not especially attractive, but He calls folks to follow Him: hardened fishermen, criminals, prostitutes, noblemen, rich and poor and they leave everything for Him. He speaks in front of governors and beggars: and they don’t know what to make of Him. He …Read More

The Fears and the Facts

By May 13, 2014 Blog

I’ve been chatting with some folks about their biggest struggles when it comes to mental health. Here’s what they said: when you can’t sleep but you can’t be awake, you can’t be home but not with friends either. thinking I should sort it myself because that’s what other people do. having to ask for help when it goes completely against your nature. when I’m stressed, when other people are hurting and I can’t make it better feeling like I have …Read More

Out Of Reach?

By May 12, 2014 Blog

I’m sitting in Starbucks. A table down from me there’s a girl who’s maybe my age. I say maybe, because she could be anything between 13 and 60. Her cheekbones are sunken and her face has a fine coating of hair. She’s wearing a hat, but part of her head is visible and there are patches on her scalp. Her skin is grey, almost translucent and along her arms runs a criss-cross of blue and purple veins. Her legs look as …Read More

Scary Hope

By May 9, 2014 Blog

Guest post from Glen: Hope is a good thing, right? But hope is also hard. This struck me as I read the atheist, Julian Baggini’s reflections on hope .  Baggini seems to have four problems with hope. He argues that: First, it’s groundless. How do we know “the sun will come out tomorrow”? It might not. Second, it breeds inactivity. In common parlance we say “we can only hope” when there’s literally nothing else to be done. It’s a feeble and enfeebling …Read More

Safety First

By May 8, 2014 Blog

As a committed introvert, I sometimes find social situations a little challenging.  Back in the days when people had dinner parties I remember looking longingly at the clock when it hit eleven and having to stuff my fingers into my mouth to stop myself yelling at guests: ‘GO HOME!! I’M TIRED!!! YOU HAVE TALKED TOO MUCH’. Thankfully, I never did the shouty bit.  But it was a close-run thing, (especially when Glen got his guitar out and started taking requests). …Read More

Plugged In

By May 7, 2014 Blog

One of the greatest sadnesses of my life is that my family aren’t Christians.  I’ve been praying for them now for 23 years: and in that time there have been some wonderful encouragements and conversations.  But still I long for them to know Jesus.  And sometimes I grow weary of my own petitions. It’s hard, sharing your faith with the people you love most.  It should be easy: after all, you’ve got opportunities and masses of motivation.  But you can …Read More

About M.E

By May 6, 2014 Blog

May is M.E awareness month. M.E stands for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis. It’s a scary word for an even scarier condition: and one we don’t yet know enough about. It affects an estimated 250,000 men, women and children in the UK. Symptoms vary and can include intense exhaustion and chronic pain. For some, it is so severe that they can’t even leave their home or bed. If this was you, you’d be desperate for treatment. But experts can’t even agree about what it is, let …Read More

Losing Your Grip?

By May 5, 2014 Blog

If you’re a Christian, but you develop a mental illness, does your changed behaviour mean you’re no longer saved? If you start swearing uncontrollably – filthy language you’d never have dreamed of using. If you have problems controlling your behaviour: perhaps mania, racking up debts on items you’ll never use. If you deliberately put yourself in positions where you can be harmed. Promiscuity.  Risk-taking.  Things that look like utter madness to those who care for you: yet feel impossible to …Read More

Changed Lives

By May 5, 2014 Blog

Two friends, talking about coming to faith in the last few years: Happy days! Share…FacebookTwitterTumblrPinterestStumbleUponDiggemail