Mustard Yellow Photography: Smiles Behind The Camera

The first thing I need to make clear is: Never work with children or animals! Now, that said, if you manage to find awesome photographers who somehow know how to do both, really well, and stay smiley, grab them, keep them on speed dial, book events early, and thank God for their existence! That is…

Jesse Duley: He Is The Music Man!

Jesse Duley’s music was part of my birthing plan for my first child, and despite the birth not going quite to plan, his album Woodenboy (which incidentally you can buy on a pay-as-you-feel basis!) continues to be our go to chill-out-and-get-the-girls-to-sleep choice. Other standout memories include walking up a spiral staircase into Kingdom Vineyard where…

I'm (trying to be) a Vegetarian

I made an important decision recently; to give up meat… mostly. I hope to gradually move towards vegan, but right now that seems overwhelmingly difficult. Instead I have come up with what I term moderate vegetarianism. This means: I will be cutting meat out of my chosen diet; when I’m cooking at home I will…

Golden Nugget: Philippians 1.21

At Rayleigh Vineyard we get people to give small (2-3 minute) talks on a theme, sharing their personal thoughts on the bible, and being a little bit of extra theology and bible study to get people thinking. We call this a Golden Nugget. I thought I would share mine occasionally as they a big bit…

Creativity Cures Climate Change

Over the last year or so I’ve discovered a secret: if you want to make a cake look amazing, semi-professional, and like you put a ton of effort in you basically need to just lather it with icing and other stuff. It doesn’t matter if the cake is a bit wonky, out of a packet,…

Mother Church

I was recently told that Mother’s Day was originally a chance for workers away from home would be given a day off to visit the church they grew up in, to return to their home communities, to reconnect. It got me thinking about my own faith roots and that is often a very long story….

Mind & Body

I have been told before that, whereas Bear wears his heart (and mood) on his sleeve, I am far harder to read. I cannot deny it; I used to be repeatedly frustrated that so many of those people around me, people who knew me pretty well, very well even, wouldn’t have a clue when I…

Freedom of Forgiveness

Forgiveness is something I have in the past tentatively preached. I have believed theoretically that forgiveness is better for everyone, that holding onto grudges hurts you more than the other, that the more we build up resentments the more our society breakdown and we see problems arising through generations. I have also listened to some…

Chasing the Wild Goose

It was once suggested that following the Holy Spirit was like chasing a wild goose. Celtic monks would do this physically, following God across the landscape, moving when they were told to move. What I hadn’t realised until recently is this speedy, super fast, almost instant; you are told to react to a command immediately…