News: Again To The Books!

I have news! I think it’s exciting, good news, however, it does come with the disclaimer of: “Well, of course I’m crazy. But life’s more interesting that way!” Today plenty of students across the UK are excitedly finding their results, and then with whatever they find, hoping or searching for a place in their chosen…

Labels: Why I Don't Like To, But Do, Use Them

Recently it was pointed out that in one of my recent posts there was a large point of irony: a friend pointed out that I seemed to be wanting to be seen as an individual outside of labels, and yet the image attached was of Cub and myself, and I had described myself (as I…

Leadership = Leader Sheep

Over my lifetime and experience of Christian life (in many forms and denominations) I have learnt many things about leadership with some great… and not so great examples of leaders within the Church. They are also often things that members of a congregation, or those outside of the church family, should remember about those standing…

Permissible Not Beneficial

Grace is obviously something hard to comprehend most of the time, and even harder when we bring in the law also set down in the Bible. We are told both that the law is fulfilled by Jesus, but that none of it is removed, and even more so that grace covers our sin, that is…

The Truth About True Love

There was a time I felt particularly strongly that a talk I was asked to give at an event in University should be about love. I was pretty sure it was God telling me this because I had no reason to think I knew anything about love at all. I was long-term single, pretty sure…

The Body Is In Flux

“What I love most about rivers is: You can’t step in the same river twice The water’s always changing, always flowing But people, I guess, can’t live like that We all must pay a price To be safe, we lose our chance of ever knowing What’s around the river bend Waiting just around the river…

Worth (Part III): Enough For God's Plan

In the first two parts of this series we looked at two important points: It’s all about God: He says you are worthy. He chose you, He knows you, and calls you worthy (that means He already knows everything… everything). But what for? What could God possibly need us for, even if he does seem…

A Tiny Bit Marvellous, Dawn French

2/52, 7th Jan 2014, Week 1 (just) I read my way through this surprisingly quickly despite feeling it was a bit of a slow start. Dawn French introduces you to a family of four (plus Poo the dog) in a collection of diary entries from each. It meanders its way through the connecting lives of…

God Knows My Name, Beth Redman

1/52, 4th Jan 2014, Week 1 I’m a little ambivalent. God Knows My Name aims to be encouraging, comforting and honest about how life can be hard and how God treats us. Yet, I found it all a little simple – like so many other Christian life books. Very little was new, original or personally useful. Beth…

Worth (Part I): It's All About Him

When life is tough, and even when it’s not, we can often feel unworthy. We can feel this around family, friends, in work, and often infront of God. One question I’ve often heard repeated by non-Christians is “If God exists, why would He care about me?” Sometimes even the church can pull us down in…