John 22

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… Read More John 22

wisdom + worship

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… Read More wisdom + worship

holding to light

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… Read More holding to light

making peace

‘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… Read More making peace

Broken Unbelief

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… Read More Broken Unbelief

Should Christians support ‘free market’ capitalism?

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… Read More Should Christians support ‘free market’ capitalism?