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

What sort of God?

By October 17, 2019 Blog

We all want beauty; something so bright we fall to our knees before it.  Something bigger than us; the kind that makes us shield our eyes but look and look and look again. We never grow out of this yearning; but it takes different forms. The newborn reaches for her mother’s earring. The toddler, transfixed by Christmas lights.  Teens, scrolling furiously through pages of Insta-perfection. The bible says we’re made to worship and it’s beauty that captures our hearts. But …Read More

Straws and safety-nets

By October 10, 2019 Blog

There are times in our lives when everything seems wrong.  A workplace that demands everything; but gives nothing back.  A relationship on the rocks; or no relationship at all. A baby who refuses to sleep; a scowling teen who won’t meet your gaze. Maybe it’s something you can’t talk about – or something you can’t see. Bruises; inside or out. Loneliness; depression; pain or grief.  Sadness that smothers; thick crests of anger that die, quick as they surge. Hold on, friends …Read More

Prayer for the Day (links)

By October 5, 2019 Blog

It was a great privilege to be asked to do Prayer for the Day for Radio 4. Each day for this coming week I’ve recorded a 3 minute devotional that goes out early (5:45am early!). Here’s the links… Saturday 5.10.19 Monday 7.10.19 Tuesday 8.10.19 Wednesday 9.10.19 Thursday 10.10.19   Share…FacebookTwitterTumblrPinterestGoogle+StumbleUponDiggemail

Hope for Dark Days: Guest Post

By September 23, 2019 Blog

Thank you Sharon, for another great post – this time on depression. Make sure you look out for her powerful book, “Wrestling with my thoughts” (A doctor writes about her own mental health struggles), which will be coming out in January, published by IVP.   Autumn Days Comfy hoodies, pumpkin spice lattes, cosy evenings indoors, rustling leaves, spectacular colours… For some people, autumn is a favourite season. But others have a different experience.  The darker mornings and earlier sunsets squeeze …Read More

Running On Empty – and Spirit-Filled

By September 19, 2019 Blog

How do you know when the Holy Spirit is working in your life? you have incredible dreams and visions you’ve given up on all your old sins and are temptation-free.  Things you’ve wrestled with in the past are completely resolved you know you’re exactly where God wants you to be and doing precisely what he wants you to do you’ve never felt closer to God others look to you as an example of faith and strength. you go to a …Read More