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 […]

The curse of social shaming

Recently, my Social Media newsfeed has been an angry place.  People have been shouting at strangers,  name-calling, mocking and there’s been tales of petty politics, poor customer service and rants against people, systems and things. Name and shame seems to be the current trend and it reminded me of two viral stories from a few […]

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 […]

A Facebook mugging…

Picture the scene; A family attired in Christmas jumpers, rosy-cheeked, gathered round an open fire after a bracing country walk. There’s a huge home cooked dinner on the table, a twinkly Christmas tree shimmering merrily in the corner, happy chatter, hearts all aglow. If Facebook is to be believed, this was the scene for many […]

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 […]

The curse of Facebook envy….

I opened my Facebook app yesterday morning, took a quick whizz through my news feed and then, with a sense of gloom, logged out feeling just a smidge depressed. I think it was a bit of a grey day anyway – you know how it goes – not enough sleep and a few grumpy moments, […]

A crazy photoshopped life…

A few years ago on a warm Summer’s night in Indiana, I walked out of a shop and headlong into the most beautiful sunset I’d seen in years. Red lacy fingers of light streaked across the darkening sky and as the sun dipped slowly into a gooey golden hue, I took a picture. And then, […]