A Bend in the River

I love going for walks in new places. Just setting off in one direction and seeing where it might take me, what wonders I might discover. Recently, while on holiday in Wales, my family and I visited a place known as Penllergaer Valley Woods (I could take several guesses at how that might be pronounced... Continue Reading →

Head and Shoulders?

One evening last year, my youngest son, ten years old at the time, ran himself a bath. He’d been in for a little while when, with his permission, I nipped in to grab something I needed from the bathroom cupboard. I noticed he had added plenty of bubble bath and also that he was in... Continue Reading →

Who’s Listening?

I have smart things listening to me everywhere! No, really I do, and, in what might be shocking news for some for you, I don’t really mind. I quite like the idea that all I have to do is say a ‘magic word’ and a smart thing will spring to life and answer my query... Continue Reading →

Legacy

What legacy are you leaving? I don’t mean money, or property, or any kind of material possession or wealth. What I’m really asking is what memory of you are you planning to leave for the generations to come? This probably warrants further definition too. If you have children and they are of an age where... Continue Reading →

DON’T PANIC!

Depending on when you read this article, it may resonate with you, or make you shudder with the memory of what I’m about to describe. I went shopping today. It’s not that I’ve never been shopping before. It’s just today, for the first time since the coronavirus started to take hold, I went to a... Continue Reading →

A Big World

The world is a pretty big place. This statement shouldn't come as a shock to most people. But how much do we understand what that really means? It's not like we can put it into any kind of meaningful context. Let's try anyway: If you decided to set sail on a boat and circumnavigate the... Continue Reading →

A Problem-Free Philosophy?

Do you know this little ditty: “Hakuna Matata! What a wonderful phrase. Hakuna Matata! Ain’t no passing craze. It means no worries for the rest of your days. It’s our problem-free philosophy. Hakuna Matata!” Doesn’t that sound great? All we need is to adopt a problem-free philosophy, Hakuna Matata! Don’t you feel better already? The... Continue Reading →

The Power of Saying No

As a church leader, I find myself getting invited to all kinds of different things: City-wide church prayer meetings, leadership gatherings, both local and city-wide, and many, many assorted types of conferences. Conferences on prayer, how to lead well, how to plant churches, apologetics, the list goes on. There are also para-church organisations that want... Continue Reading →

Laser Swords

Nostalgia is a funny thing, isn’t it? You get to a certain age, and from seemingly nowhere, you find yourself looking back at your history through the rosiest of tinted glasses. I’m in my mid-forties, and so for the first time, there is a generation of people looking back at their childhoods and seeing the... Continue Reading →

Picking Up the Pieces

At church last Sunday during worship, I noticed from a distance a little boy, about 2 years old, attempt to carry a stack of large jigsaw pieces from one side of the hall to the other. So large and numerous were the pieces that he needed both hands to hold them against his chest. Unfortunately,... Continue Reading →

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