Why are you standing there?

Picture the scene: A group of friends had just been through the worst few months of their lives. They were tired, ragged, worn down, exhausted and yet also in complete shock and jubilation. Their best friend (who also just happened to be the Messiah) had been horrifically murdered by the State, had then miraculously and […]

When you’re given an awful Christmas present…

As a kid, I remember the unbelievable excitement of the night-before-Christmas. I’d spend all day looking at the clock, feverishly wishing the hands would move faster, so I could  go to bed.  Because after just one more sleep,  we’d dreamily descend the stairs to see what treasures were stacked under the Christmas tree.   Would it be […]

Don’t be afraid

I had an amazing experience recently. I got to spend the day with an exiled Chinese pastor who’s been tortured, imprisoned, beaten and subjected to mock executions.   All for believing in Jesus.   Throughout the day, I heard stories of people meeting Jesus in the most unreached places in the world, ancient communities in […]

How to deal with a nightmare.

My friend Wendy Tomin wrote a great blog about Fear recently;  the kind of you-know-it’s-irrational-but-that-doesn’t-stop-it sort of fear.   The kind of fear that might just have a little bit of truth in it, so therefore if it could happen, it probably will. Or so your brain says. So last night at 4.10am precisely, it was my turn. […]

Trauma and trembling and a trip to the dentist.

I hate going to the dentist; the dizzying, lemony, antiseptic smell in the waiting room, the surgical masks, bright lights, the faint buzz behind closed doors of equipment which does unspeakable things.  But unfortunately, a few months ago, with a heart-stopping lurch of anxiety, I came to the conclusion that I could ignore a niggling […]