Claws Out For Santy

By December 13, 2011 Blog

[Been a long day.  Here’s a repost from last year] News Flash! There’s no such person as Father Christmas. (We all know kiddies can’t read bold type). Yes, I know. What about the pressies? (for pity’s sake, someone needs to bear responsibility for last year’s Lapland inspired home-knits). Or the shopping centre grottos? (So lifelike). And if it’s not Santa, then who exactly drinks (increasing quantities) of the (aged malt) whiskey left out every Christmas Eve? Alas, dear friends, these …Read More

Stir Up Sunday – Guest Post

By November 19, 2011 Blog

I’ve been spending the last few days with my mum, so apologies for the paucity of posts. However, it does give me the opportunity to have a guest post from Paul B on the topic of ‘Stir Up Sunday’. Despite the machinations of Tesco et al to rename and reclaim this day, it hasn’t always been about mixing up Christmas cake. (Nor, as Waitrose claim, should it be called ‘Delia Day’ – much as I love her kitchen manner). No, the real stir-up …Read More

True and False Shame

By October 28, 2011 Blog

What’s the role of shame in your life? Is it something you can easily brush off? An occasional twinge, but nothing serious? Or is it a lingering malaise, a black cloud that follows you around and leaps on you when you’re tired and defenseless? We read a lot about the role of shame in eastern cultures.  In the west perhaps we’ve moved on- even the worst offenders can cite endless justification for their crimes.  But whether we suppress it or tie …Read More

Service will resume shortly

By September 23, 2011 Blog

Having wrestled with my ticksy computer all week, I may just have the upper hand.  Stay tuned this weekend for a resumed service. Hopefully. Share…FacebookTwitterTumblrPinterestGoogle+StumbleUponDiggemail

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

He is risen!

By April 24, 2011 Blog

He is risen indeed.  Hallelujah! Share…FacebookTwitterTumblrPinterestGoogle+StumbleUponDiggemail

He was pierced for our transgressions

By April 22, 2011 Blog

“But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.”  (Isaiah 53:5-6) Share…FacebookTwitterTumblrPinterestGoogle+StumbleUponDiggemail

Offline for the weekend

By March 25, 2011 Blog

This weekend I’m helping at a conference for teenage girls.  I’ll be telling my story and speaking about the redemption Jesus offers.  There’ll be lots of time to think about the gospel and our image and identity and food and body and particular girl struggles. Please pray that those who don’t know Jesus yet would meet Him.  That we would all be set free from lies to see the wonder of Christ.  And that I’d have energy for the conference …Read More

What Men Want

By March 22, 2011 Blog

It’s Glen here.  I’ve wrested the keyboard from Emma for this one. Recently I’ve heard of worrying numbers of Christian women speaking furtively, fleetingly, but no less seriously about plastic surgery – botox, lipo, boob jobs, face lifts. Let me speak on behalf of 3 billion members of the human race.  Stop.  Cease.  Desist.   And not because blokes don’t care about physical attraction.  Of course we do.  Stop because you’re fueling the ugliest thing in the world – insecurity. And …Read More