Don’t be duped…

In the late 1990s, I was living in the US and will never forget one sunny Sunday afternoon, chatting to a lovely pastor, who was full of grace and Godly wisdom. He also happened to be building a bunker in his backyard and was gradually transferring his life savings into gold coins, so that he […]

When you have an identity crisis.

Last night, as news about the tragic death of another celebrity filtered in, I read the headlines with shock and sadness. Within hours, online, many were asking, ‘how could this have happened?’ ‘Who was to blame?’ Was it social media? The Press? The courts? Everyone was asking if this could have been prevented? I know […]

When the prison door opens…

Have you ever had a defining moment, where everything in your relationship with God changed? Shifted in some almost-intangible way? It might have been the moment when things finally ‘clicked’ for you, the point someone prayed for you? Or it might have been a dream, a vision, or particular church service or experience. But somehow […]

God is not a one hit wonder

Back in November, I wrote about an amazing experience I had, Surprised by God. And at the time, if I’m honest, a little part of me thought, ‘well, that’s amazing…now it’s time to get on with it’. So, I dug deep, found my ‘Dunkirk spirit’, donned my British stiff upper lip and decided to march […]

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 […]

I got trolled…

I got trolled! My last blog post on the subject of Joel Osteen generated some pretty negative online responses from strangers.  Within an hour of posting, I’d sent several rather nasty comments straight to the Spam folder, which among other things, accused me of making up the story and oh, my particular favourite, the suggestion that […]

When celebrities do good things…

I was watching a TV chat show the other night. You probably know the kind; celebrity interviewer deposits 3 or 4 other celebrities on a sofa, grills them lightly with safe, pre-arranged questions, all the while hoping there won’t be a monstrous clash of VIP egos.   Usually, the celebs are wheeled in by eager-eyed […]

Learning how to be vulnerable. 

They say you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, that you shouldn’t look at a person and make an assumption about their life. Well, sometimes, I do. And a few years ago, I was badly tripped up by my own nasty preconceptions. I was at a big music conference in the US; great speakers, […]

How to get wisdom in a hopeless situation. 

Solomon was the youngest member of the family and even though his family was incredibly wealthy and he had everything he wanted, there was a dark shadow over his life.   He was the child of what began as an adulterous relationship and there would always be a few who would remember the scandal; the […]

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 […]