Our Father

By June 4, 2020 Blog

Recently, we celebrated the first anniversary of our son coming to join our family. It was a special day, punctuated with cake, bubbles and thankfulness. It also encouraged me to think a little more about what it means for God to have adopted us into His Family. Here’s a few reasons for us all to celebrate! Adoption is grace.Our adoption into God’s family isn’t about anything we do – it’s based on His incredible love and grace. God chose us, …Read More

Biblical Validation: Guest Post

By May 7, 2020 Blog

In another thought-provoking guest post, Sharon Hastings asks, ‘what is ‘validation’ and why is it biblical?’ Thank you so much, Sharon… Mourning With Those Who Mourn A Near-Crisis I suffer from schizoaffective disorder, a severe mental illness with symptoms of both bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, and between 2015 and early 2019 was hospitalised fifteen times with psychotic depression.  In the year since, I have been relatively functional – writing, keeping up to date with housework, attending my appointments, and maintaining …Read More

Out Of Touch

By March 26, 2020 Blog

Today’s guest post is a blinder – and it’s from a very dear friend, Jeanette Howard. It struck a chord with me; and I think it will with you too. Jeanette writes; I am single and I live alone.  I am now into my 12th day of no physical contact with another human being. Not that I’m counting. Much. I don’t even have a pet to connect with; something that breathes and moves and takes notice of your presence. Feeding and …Read More

Body Neutral and the Bible

By January 7, 2020 Blog

The Best Me January is a very confused month. On the one hand, ‘time to treat yourself! Book a holiday! Schedule in time-out. Nurture, regroup, recover.’ On the other, ‘Time to discipline yourself. Rein in all the excess. Work harder, achieve more, be The Best You.’ So what is ‘The Best Me?’ Our culture traditionally offers two answers to this question. The first is to focus on physical change aka Getting A New Body (through fitness, diet, surgery or whatever). …Read More

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

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

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

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

That’s not my God…

By July 29, 2019 Blog

I’m reading a great devotional for busy mums.  It talks about the importance of coming before God in silence and stillness. Yes, I think.  Yes. But how? Noise is the tapestry of my days.  Toys that sing when you step on them. The hum of the washing machine; car horns honking; the chatter and clatter of dishes and children. No breaks and no off switch. No time for anything else. That’s not quite true. It is possible to carve out …Read More

New Book of Daily Devotions

By December 4, 2018 Blog

Glen has a new book OUT TODAY! It’s 6 months of undated devotional thoughts that take you through the Old Testament. (In the new year, they’re bringing out the New Testament volume). Each day you get a little taste of the goodness of Jesus and over the course of a whole year you can see the bird’s eye view of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. If you’ve been watching Reading Between the Lines on Facebook or YouTube you know …Read More