I am still finding myself caught up in a moment from a couple of weeks ago, when we were asked by Revd Sam Corley to turn to John 22. He waited for us to return our gaze, after finding the inevitable, "There are missing chapters in these scriptures because people close doors." He said. At … Continue reading John 22
Small metaphorical alarm bells sound in my head on Wednesday evening as I find myself at community group struggling to keep focused. If there is such a thing as 'present without leave' then I am it. Despite living in the same house, Anna and I hadn't properly caught up in about a week. Sat on … Continue reading I am making choices
Recognition of worthiness unites wisdom and worship. This past week I've been thinking about this connection, and about holding together authority with vulnerability, justice with trust, and conviction with risk. I've been writing the below on a train to Manchester by way of processing. it strikes me that wisdom and worship are companions - in … Continue reading wisdom + worship
Maybe it's the nights getting colder, and the feeling of setting out home in the dark - but I've been thinking a lot about holding onto light this week. "Let there be light" God says, at the beginning of creation. "There will be no more night" promises Revelation. And yet, so often the darkness of … Continue reading holding to light
'Blessed are the peacemakers' When I think of peace, I think of white doves, olive branches and conscientious objectors. Peace requires solitude, demands silence, tastes bland, and is the preserve of the feeble and naïve. Being passionate about peace feels somewhat like an oxymoron. 'Blessed are the peacemakers' Sometime this year someone said, "peace belongs … Continue reading making peace
Some quick scribblings from a recent experience. Dedicated to Rachel Held Evans who showed me the beauty of broken unbelief. Let me hear it for a church built not on belief but on brokenness. belief is unsteady. (sometimes I can claim it and proclaim it sometimes I unfurl clasped hands and find nothing.) At all … Continue reading Broken Unbelief
The financial crash of 2008 hit as I began secondary school, and I grew up under the policies of austerity which followed. To a large extent, there has been consensus across the political spectrum about what happened: in the years before the financial crash irresponsible public spending, and the subsequent deficit, left us vulnerable when … Continue reading Should Christians support ‘free market’ capitalism?
How often do we pursue change because what we actually seek is power?
Jesus' anointing at Bethany: the heralding of a new spiritual, economic and political empire.
The following is a small taster of what I believe.
Chapter 10 of 'Love Does', by Bob Goff
The greatest has come - to serve and love and share life with the least. The author has written Himself into the story.