Dear churches…

I grew up in the church. Church has always been my home and my safe place and I knew from an early age the dangers of becoming a ‘church hopper’. There was a frequently used analogy, ‘a coal out of the fire, on the hearth, quickly goes cold.’ And I think that’s true, being part […]

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 […]

Don’t believe everything you read…

A few years ago, late one afternoon at work, my phone rang and it was a journalist from a well-known newspaper.   She explained she was writing a story about a church which was hiring out its building to be used for art exhibitions and charity fashion shows. Sunday services would carry on as normal […]

Learning to speak the truth…

I mentioned in an earlier blog that my dad had been on an intensive speech therapy course.  Four times a week for four weeks, he’d driven to a nearby therapy unit and spent an hour getting his vocal chords into peak condition. Even on rough days, he’d persevered – that’s what preachers do.  At the beginning […]

Can you handle the truth?

So, it turns out that not everything on the Internet is true.  I know, I know, I’m just as shocked as you. From online frauds to political news sites which only tell half the story, in the middle of all its gloriousness, the web is also piled to the rafters with lies and half truths. On […]

Why are we so surprised when Christians mess up?

A website called Ashley Madison was hacked.  In case you missed the story, Ashley Madison is a dating and ‘casual encounters’ website for people who are married and want to have an affair. The names and email addresses of many of its members were leaked on the dark web and one name in particular stood […]

Liar, liar, pants on fire. 

I told a lie once. Ok, to be fair, I’m sure in my lifetime, I’ve probably fudged the truth more than once, but this one sticks out because it was such an extraordinary whopper.  It was a long time ago, in a previous job and I’d made a fairly catastrophic (accidental) error on a project. […]