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 →

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 →

Who Are You?

I’m an imposter. One day someone will realise this and soon after everyone else will see it. My writing is poor, and what I have to say is better said by other people. I know very little about technology, and I have nothing to share that would improve anyone’s experience. Just watch the average tech... Continue Reading →

Pickaxes And Diamonds

Don’t judge me. Recently I’ve started playing Minecraft. Some of you reading this might also play. Most people have probably heard of Minecraft, even if it’s just to buy an expensive Minecraft branded plushie for the kids at Christmas! However, for the uninitiated, Minecraft is what is known as a ‘sandbox’ game. You create a... 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 →

Handling Change

What are you like at making up your mind? I think I’m pretty good at it. Need to go left or right? Go left. Need to take the stairs or the lift, take the lift. Relax and watch telly or go for a run? Go for a run! Not really ... I’d probably choose to... Continue Reading →

A Significant Breadcrumb

We bought a dog last year. Our very first family dog, in fact. She is a beautiful Border Collie with a gorgeous black and white coat, and we have named her Charley. When we went to have a look at her, she had about seven other siblings with her, and two things attracted me, in... Continue Reading →

Cultivate

In 2009, myself and my family made a ferry crossing over the channel and from there drove to the south of France. It was the first time that I had driven on the opposite side of the road to what I’m used to in the UK and only the second time that I had driven... Continue Reading →

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