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…

Sabbath: Sacrificing Social Media

I have long believed that we should enjoy a day off each week from work. In the past it has allowed me to be rested, social, creative and freed from feeling stuck on a hamster wheel where the everyday tasks just circle back round to me again.

Grief & Giving

Wednesday was Ash Wednesday. It was the first day of Lent but also the day we buried my uncle. These were my thoughts as we journeyed north for the funeral.

Losing Someone Never Found

I have been trying to get to grips with a loss in our family. What makes it really difficult, isn’t the grief exactly, but more that I don’t really know the person I’m grieving for. There are many reasons for this, some which I won’t go into because it’s not my story to tell, others…

Golden Nugget: Genesis

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…

It's Just Theology

The Just Theology Symposium is an event I am hoping to take a group of Rayleigh Vineyarders too this year and while praying and thinking about this I collected some thoughts together. Some of this I have already spoken about at Rayleigh Vineyard, but I felt that it might be relevant to someone out there…