One good reason to stop posting your good deeds on Facebook

Picture the scene.  You’re in a fast food restaurant (choose your favourite) and a person who you suspect is homeless, walks in and then starts to pick up and eat food which has been left behind on trays. What do you do? You might ignore the unfolding situation. You might walk out in disgust.  You…

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The end is nigh….or is it?

One of my favourite films is Armageddon. It’s cheezy and has a highly improbable plot; an asteroid is plummeting toward Earth and when it hits, all life will be wiped out instantly.  Meteor showers have already blitzed parts of Europe and it’s up to one man, the world’s best oil driller, Harry Stamper, to be trained…

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When you’re not invited to the party.

Recently, I found myself sitting on the edge of a clique I wasn’t part of.  The large group of friends was huddled together, laughing, sharing funny in-jokes, and probably (hopefully) unaware that someone was sitting on the edge, feeling like they weren’t invited to the party.    I always used to think that only kids…

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One Hell of a storm.

It had been a really long day.  Dusty, tired, achey, Jesus had walked miles, preached all day and everywhere he went, he was mobbed by people wanting more, more, more, help, healing, hope.…absolutely anything he could give them.   I suspect on the Myers Briggs scale, Jesus would have been an introvert.  He gave out a…

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Thoughts on Katie Hopkins and ‘the new Jesus’.

I was at the Church and Media Conference yesterday.  It’s a sort of boutique conference for Christians who work in media, PR and journalism and yesterday, one of the contributors was the much vilified (and in some circles, equally lauded) commentator and columnist Katie Hopkins. The conference itself had taken some flak for inviting her (though she…

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A little bit of a spooky story…

I believe in the supernatural. I believe God can heal, that angels are real and that God hears us when we pray. I might as well admit it and get that out there. After I scribbled the last blog (The first night I met him), I was chatting to my dad who said he’d smiled…

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The first night I met him…

I’ll always remember the first time I met him. It’s hard to forget. I was only small (maybe 4 or 5) and I’d woken up in the middle of the night, really thirsty.  There was a soft, warm glow of light shining under my bedroom door, coming from downstairs and so (ever the explorer) I…

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The day I met Max Clifford.

Max Clifford, ‘publicist to the stars’ was jailed today, for historic sexual assaults on young women. A few years ago, I met him and had a lengthy (pretty interesting) chat. Shortly before this, he’d written an article for Third Way magazine, which in a nutshell, said that ‘Jesus needed new PR’. In his view, the…

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Confessions of a cynic…

I confess, religious cynicism has me in its bony grip. I’m not a cynic about God or his astonishing power, but I do tend to run, like a wailing banshee (whatever a banshee is) from any kind of fad or ‘God-will-listen-if-you-pray-THIS-way’ philosophies. Despite it all, I try to keep (at first) an open mind and…

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Thunder and lightning….very, very frightening…

So on Monday, I’m off to the London premier of ‘Noah’ – a film that’s caused quite a storm of controversy, especially in the US. I’ll reserve judgement/review until I’ve seen it, but let’s just say, I’m (so far!) looking forward to seeing what Hollywood will do to one of my favourite Sunday School stories.…

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