Old Fogey?

Did you know that the UK Prime-minister has a weekly meeting with their monarch? This meeting is to give the monarch the 'lay of the land' as they discuss government business together. Until recently, of course, that monarch was Queen Elizabeth II, a woman who lived to the fantastic age of 96 and ruled as... Continue Reading →

God SAVED our Queen!

I've always struggled with singing the UK national anthem. It seems to me to be entirely one-person-centric and doesn't encompass a nation in its words. Also, being a Christian, I find the idea of asking God to save our monarch repeatedly a bit odd as she (and now he - more on that in a... Continue Reading →

Battle of the ‘Verts!

I’m an introvert in the truest sense of the word. Quite often, people take an introvert as someone who is socially anxious or shy. However, the biggest personalities can also be massive introverts. My introvertedness (not sure that’s a word!) didn’t stop me from pursuing acting as a young man, training people in my 30s... Continue Reading →

Truth

In general, it's better to tell the truth isn't it? There may very well be the rare example where telling an untruth is warranted but on the whole, the old adage, "Honesty is the best policy," is the correct way to go. Telling the truth very much includes being honest with ourselves.  In a recent... Continue Reading →

Love And Hate

Is hate the opposite of love?  An adage attributed to activist and Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel says: “The opposite of love is not hate but indifference.” Indifference means a “lack of interest, feeling or reaction towards somebody/something” (source: Oxford Learner’s Dictionary). What then might be the opposite of hate if not love?  If we think of... Continue Reading →

Blessed To Be A Blessing?

I’ve had loads of jobs in my life of all different varieties. My kids are amazed at this and wonder what kind of job I haven’t done! I’ve gutted fish in a village market and served pints in a local pub. I’ve been a background artist on the telly, and I’ve worked in a theatre. I’ve made-up... Continue Reading →

Want To Be Countercultural?

I really can’t stand people who are selfish, rude and unkind! From my kids to a stranger, when I see them acting this way, it winds me up and makes me think some very not Christ-like thoughts. I’m not saying this as some weird boast; I simply want to be honest and open with you.... Continue Reading →

What Are You Talking About?

When we communicate, not only is what we’re saying important but also how we’re saying it. Think about how many text messages or social media posts you’ve read and understood them differently from how they were intended. There have been times when I’ve skim-read emails, assumed the general message of the email, and smashed off... Continue Reading →

How do you deal with tragedy?

How do you deal with tragedy? You might initially ask: How could a loving God let bad things happen? Will God come through in helping the victims? Can I continue to trust in Him? A Christian response involves both the head and the heart. In our minds, we know that we have a God who... Continue Reading →

A Problem Shared

We had ants appear in our bathroom over the summer. I live in the UK so these ants are relatively harmless, but that doesn’t make them any less annoying. For a start, what are they doing in our bathroom? What attracted them to that upstairs room of our house in the first place? And what... Continue Reading →

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