Blesséd Are The Peacemakers

Bravery. Sacrifice. Justice. When I list these words they are probably not ones you often associate with Jesus. Instead, He has often become the symbol of all things soft and merciful. Of course, He was merciful, He played with children, He comforted and healed, He cared in a such an unexpected way He made people…

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, James Thurber

4/52, 18th Mar 2014, Week 11 (about 8 books behind) So I must confess something to you, in fact two things: firstly I am extremely far behind but making good progress in catching up as I read this in only a small portion of two days. Secondly I was very tempted to lie and suggest…

Five Lessons From The Sound of Music

Breaking from my weekly routine is due to a piece of news that I only received at the weekend and I felt needed marking: Maria Von Trapp, the last member of the family singers (before the three later children were born to the Captain and Maria) that inspired The Sound of Music, died at 99 years…

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…

Worth (Part II): You Are Chosen & Anointed

Sometimes we can put far too much emphasis on others to give us worth; this can mean that if we are not given the job we wanted, or feelings are not reciprocated by a special someone, or you just don’t feel noticed for your skills, it can lead to feelings of worthlessness. We can start…

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…

Career vs. Motherhood: Politics of Guilt

Women as a whole are very good at judging other women and using guilt to tell each-other that we’re not doing woman-hood properly. I’ve seen it massively in feminism and wedding prep, and it is often in the church too, and it’s sad that it is likely this that is starting to give the basic…

Money: the Second Master

Everyone has to think about money at some point. Some may be lucky and have so much money that thinking about it doesn’t worry them too much. Others may have so little that their lives must run a different way, through trade, or sadly out of life. I think the majority of the West are…

Book Club: The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

I first came across The Tenant of Wildfell Hall when I was in sixth form, age 17, when I had joined a book club alongside some of my friends and a few teachers. It was well liked by my fellows but I hadn’t got to it yet and was in general rather busy. It looked…

Does Post-Modern Church Architecture Miss The Point?

One of the ideas I’ve been thinking about has been Church architecture and stewardship. I adore design and seeing how buildings can make people feel certain ways: a Gothic light-filled cathedral can remind them of the heavens; a simple tent can remind them of the Early Church; an Eastern mosaic-filled curved globe can remind people…