Living in the mystery
At this time every year I listen to my favourite Christmas songs.
Christmas carols and songs are packed full of deep truths…gospel truths…and I find they speak deeply to my soul. I love the way songwriters can beautifully capture truth in a few words.
Called to be DIFFERENT
More and more I’m learning to be content in the mystery. You know, those places where we have questions, but no answers. Those places, that despite our best efforts, we just can’t package up into a neat box.
Let us proclaim history
“Keep Christianity Weird”.
That’s the title of a short book I’ve just read. It’s subtitled ‘Embracing the Discipline of Being Different’.
And I’m just going to let the blurb speak for itself…
Over half-term we went to the Ceremony of the Keys at the Tower of London. The Ceremony which is the official locking up of the Tower, has been going on for almost 700 years, and is said to be the oldest military ceremony in the world.
An exercise in forgiveness
Last Sunday we celebrated harvest. In a simple way we thought about how God provides for us through countless people all playing their part. It’s not just farmers farming and shopkeepers selling, but it’s the tractor manufacturer, the mechanic, the delivery driver…
The peace of Christ
If you’ve got a bit of time, I would love to encourage you to read through the story of Joseph. You’ll find it in Genesis 37-45. You might know it quite well, anyway…but if not, it’s a great story.
Love that refreshes
Judges and umpires have been in the news a fair bit recently. There was the incident with Serena Williams and the tennis umpire. And then there’s the nominee for the Supreme Court in the US who is currently in the news.
Folks, on Sunday we started our series on forgiveness by looking at the story of Philemon. It’s a tiny book….25 verses long, near the back of the New Testament, and on first reading through you might well think ‘what’s this got to say to us today?’
It's ok to linger
The boat makes its way into the natural harbour, a refuge from the waves, hidden around a protective shoulder of rock. Spray wets our faces.
Sometimes we just need to linger.
Slow down. Pause. stop. Cease. Wait. Ponder.
It's okay....it's allowed.
Currently everybodies hero, it seems that Gareth is Mr. Nice Guy.....dressed in his immaculate waistcoat and even comforting the Colombian player who missed his last penalty.
You may or may not know, that Genesis 1 displays an incredible literary intent. It’s way more than just a hastily written chapter on creation. But every word, every phrase, every repetition is deliberate.