When your pastor has an affair…

Years ago, I was part of a thriving, lively church, with a lovely pastor, who had an affair. I arrived at church one Sunday morning, all expectant for a great service, but there was an unexpected somber tone to the meeting. At the end, it was announced that one of the pastors had admitted to […]

Practice what you preach

I spoke at church on Sunday, a message which had been nudging my ribs all week, called ‘When God takes you the long way round’. It was a whistlestop tour of the book of Exodus and the story of the Israelites’ long journey through the wilderness. I wanted to show that sometimes the things which […]

You’re never too old to start again…

I’ve been thinking this week about Ruth…the one in the Bible.I read the story again recently and I was gripped. Ruth was a survivor. She’d left her home to move in with her husband and his family. But one-by-one, her husband had died, as had his dad and his brother, so now she was living […]

When things seem to be getting worse…

I blogged a while ago about the experience of Praying in Hospital Corridors. My mum was taken unexpectedly ill and for about 8 hours, the doctors didn’t know what was wrong with her.Late on Sunday night, we finally got a diagnosis.  It was a scary diagnosis, but nowhere near as scary as it might have […]

When life gets hard…

“I don’t know how to tell you this….” The man stood in front of his boss, pale, shaking, nervously twisting his hands. “There’s been a terrible accident…your children were all at your son’s birthday party….there was a freak storm, the house has collapsed….all of them are dead”. All of Job’s children – all ten of them – killed in […]

It’s not over till God says it’s over.

Shummanite Shumnaite Shunammite – the word is Shunammite. I can barely pronounce her name, let alone spell it, but today I was reading about the (un-named) Shunammite lady in the Bible. Her name isn’t mentioned. All we’re told is that she was married to a very wealthy man and that she was kind and generous. […]