Tag: Christian

Remembering Dr. Billy Graham

1984. Student days. We drove all the way from Exeter to Bristol to see Billy Graham. Over 90 miles. I’ll never forget the scene. Huge stadium, filled to bursting with people but the weather was terrible. It was pouring with rain and we sat,…

Over the hill – Part Two

Adam stopped and sat down on a boulder next to the path. He drank deeply from his water bottle. Over to his right, he thought he could see his son, Ben. Yes, his son was scaling a rock face, ropes tied to his waist…

Over the hill – Part One

I wrote this for a sermon I preached on 1 Corinthians 15. Death and Resurrection very much on my mind right now. This is Part One. OVER THE HILL Adam was walking steadily uphill, the day bright, the breeze rustling the grasses which lined…

SHORT AND SWEET – 13

‘Are you having great sex with your wife/husband nowadays?’ I wonder how you’d react if someone asked you a question like this after church one Sunday. And imagine if they wanted details. I doubt if you’d start sharing. In Britain, we’re relatively private, so…

SHORT AND SWEET – 11

Apart from watching The Wizard of Oz, ever met a straw man? Straw man is code in discussion forums for ‘an argument I’m not making.’ You struggle to make progress against the actual argument, so you mischaracterize your opponent’s argument, making it easier to…

SHORT AND SWEET – 5

You can’t buy God. That’s religion, isn’t it? Paying for God’s approval. Good behavior that earns God’s favour and love. Or let’s face it, a much baser assumption, you’ll get what you want. The prosperity gospel. Ugh. But you can’t download God either. This…

SHORT AND SWEET – 4

No clearer example of morality being based on heart and not head is the issue of abortion. But let me start with some short observations on language. Pro-choice. If you’re into marketing, this is possibly the best example of clever marketing you’re ever likely…

Fight or Journey

What’s your life? Fight or Journey? No contest, right? It’s got to be Journey. Ah-ah, no mixing the two. Enough of ‘well, what about a fight while I’m on my journey!’ The point about the metaphor is that you have to choose one. Just…

New vision for the colour-blind

This article is a follow-on from the article – Hate Crime, Love the Criminal – published by LICC (The London Institute of Contemporary Christianity) on Friday 26, June 2015. To read it, click here. Disclaimer: The following article is a blog post. It contains…

The Encouragee

So, last K of Parkrun . . . I’m fading a little. Not too much. Just a little. Parkrun? Don’t know it? It’s a national movement – literally – of people who run 5K each Saturday morning in parks around the U.K. Successful? If…

Notes for Voters

May 7. It’s coming and don’t we know it here in the U.K. Wall-to-wall TV coverage. Baby kissing. Politicians in shiny suits promising us the earth. Pundits commenting endlessly. That’s right. The General Election. The Big One. Allow me to quote Eddie Izzard on…

Stephen, you’re on the wrong floor

You may have seen Stephen Fry’s rant last week. Here’s a (partial) transcript of what he said in an interview with Irish broadcaster RTE: Asked what he’d say to God, if he met him: I’ll say ‘bone cancer in children – what’s that about?…

Beautiful Life with Cancer

Discovering the Gift

Isaiah 43:1

...the One who formed you says, "Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name; you are Mine."

Mirth and Melancholy

Comment, comedy and capers for the faithful, faithless and fallible

Sam's Town

Comment, comedy and capers for the faithful, faithless and fallible

Tanya Marlow - Thorns and Gold

The Bible, suffering, and the messy edges of life

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