Us, Them & God

In a post-9/11 world, in a suspicious world, in a world where we hide what we have incase a stranger might take it, in a country where we are nervous of immigration, God can remind us of our duty and the standard which we are set in relation to “us” and “them”.

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…

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…

Be An Encouragement

This short little post will be encouraging you to encourage. It may seem simple and something far too obvious but encouragement is often not given the credit it is due. When it comes to gifts of the Spirit, or talents from God to His people, the spotlight can be given to healing, tongues, and so…

Prayer: safety, humility and honesty

Prayer is a huge topic and not one I plan on covering in full now; there are also a large number of books, speakers, preachers, and structures that suggest that they know the best/easiest/most effective way to pray. Some of them have some good ideas but very rarely do they grasp the whole beautiful picture,…

Out Of The Silent Planet, C. S. Lewis

3/52, 20th Jan 2014, Week 3 Forgetting just how intelligent Lewis is, this was a wonderful refresher into the imagination of such a great writer. It was impossible not to sink into such a fantastic world, and I was reading parts to Bear just to share how wonderful I found it. Details such as language,…

Essex Folk Tales, Jan Williams

3ish/52, 20th Jan 2014, Week 3 I haven’t been as frustrated with the style of a book in a very long time. I was looking forward to this stocking filler gift bringing me a little bit of home history in the form of mysterious tales. However, Williams seems set on first acknowledging the falsity 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…