Gospel for the festive frazzled

By December 9, 2019 Blog

1. “You are worried and upset about many things.  But only one thing is necessary” (Luke 10:42). Look at the context of this passage.  Martha is wrapping presents, stuffing turkey, decorating the tree, baking mince pies and keeping the whole show on the road.  She’s feeling neglected and stressed – but her solutions aren’t helping.  She doesn’t need a spreadsheet – or even a special reading plan. Just one thing matters – time with Jesus! Whatever our surroundings, the Lord …Read More

Light has dawned: guest post

By December 5, 2019 Blog

Thanks so much to Sharon, for this wonderful advent meditation for those suffering from mental illness. She writes; …. I suffer from depression, a symptom of my schizoaffective disorder, and, if I’m honest, I find these few weeks leading up to Christmas difficult. As I write, I am sitting in my kitchen. It’s mid-morning, but it’s dark, with heavy cloud pressing down upon the house. The low pressure makes me feel claustrophobic, and part of me just wants to go back …Read More

Childlessness and Church: Guest Post

By November 28, 2019 Blog

Last week a reader emailed, to ask if I would write a post on involuntary childlessness.  She said, ‘We as a Christian couple haven’t been able to have children, but not by choice… It’s not what we wanted but it’s where we are… I just want folks to think a bit!’ Glen and I have had some experience of this, but I wondered if anything I wrote would sound glib, given that we’ve now had Ruby and adopted a wee …Read More

No-one expects..the Podcast Inquisition

By November 27, 2019 Blog

James Cary is Mr Podcasts and I was fortunate enough to be inquisitioned (is that a thing?) by him for The Inquisition Podcast. Listen in here as I talk about my story and the difference Jesus makes. And do subscribe to the Inquisition — a fab new podcast. Share…FacebookTwitterTumblrPinterestGoogle+StumbleUponDiggemail

The One Who Is Comfort — God the Spirit

By November 21, 2019 Blog

It’s the last in our series on the Trinity.  And to round it off, here’s a wonderful guest post from Glen… “Remember guys,” said the youth leader, with wide-eyed, hyper-Haribo, youth-leader enthusiasm, “the Spirit is NOT an it. It’s a He!” The lesson the youth leader wanted to teach is the lesson he needed to learn. He knew that the personhood of the Spirit was important. Technically. But that didn’t change the way he related to the Spirit. He knew he should call …Read More

Where is the Light? Guest Post

By November 12, 2019 Blog

I’m thrilled to have a guest post this week from Lucy Rycroft, who’s just written a wonderful series of Advent reflections called “Redeeming Advent”  Thanks Lucy!   Where is the Light of the World? December is not far off, and already I’m feeling anxious. There’s so much to do, so many presents to buy, so many conversations to have, so many relationships to navigate. I can’t keep up with my current to-do list, let alone the fifty-thousand additional jobs I …Read More

‘What did you do today?’

By November 5, 2019 Blog

Glen comes home to find me, face-down on the sofa. The house looks like we’ve been burgled. The kids are hollering and trying to find a comfortable sitting position on my spine. ‘How was your day?‘ I mumble into a cushion. ‘Yeah, fine.  Couple of meetings.  Finishing scripts for new Christmas videos.  Skyped someone in the States.  Wrote my talks for the conference and sent off a manuscript. Sent off the funding applications and did a session on Trinity with the …Read More

The One Who Is Grace — God the Son

By November 2, 2019 Blog

In the last post we thought about how God is not primarily a law-giver or an abstract ideal of goodness. He’s an eternal Father. We know this because Jesus — in all His grace — reveals Him to us. Here’s how: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. (1 John 4:9) Loving Fathers give their children gifts. But the gift of Jesus is unlike any other. He’s given to us in …Read More

The One Who is Love — God the Father

By October 22, 2019 Blog, blogging, BPD

Out of all the members of the Trinity, God the Father is the one I’m most wary of.  Sure, He’s called Father. But my mind runs to some authoritarian Dad from the Victorian ages. Perhaps He doesn’t want relationship. Instead, He looms behind His friendlier Son; Don’t make too much noise.  Obey the rules.  Go through the proper channels. And always, always refer to me by my proper titles: Creator,  Ruler,  Enforcer. Dad…? You must be joking. In some ways, this …Read More

Faith at work: Guest Post

By October 18, 2019 Blog

A friend of mine, Jo Johnson, is an author, consultant Neuropyschologist and Christian (in no particular order). In this guest blog, she talks about her experience of work and faith and her new book. Thank you so much, Jo! She writes…   I grew up with a strong sense of not being good enough, believing love was a reward for acceptable behaviour or looking a certain way, conditional love. As a result, even as a young child I experienced high …Read More