Total Transformation part 2

“Dress for the job you want, not the job you have” I don’t know if you’ve ever heard this piece of career advice. I have, and haven’t cared to take much notice of it! But we all understand the idea. If you dress a certain way, your persona will align to the clothes you’re wearing, … Read more…

Total Transformation

Earlier this year I came across an Elf on the Shelf in a kid’s toy store. I had heard of them before, but never quite knew what the deal was. It turns out that you purchase the elf, place it on a shelf in your house, and tell the children that it is keeping an … Read more…

Power Play

Our screens have been dominated by the US elections in recent weeks, and despite there now being a clear winner, the sitting president does not want to relinquish power!  The world stage provides us with similar examples: China, Russia, North Korea, the UK and others – all have leaders who wield immense power. We can … Read more…

Praying like Cranmer

In the Anglican prayer book, there is a section full of short prayers called collects.  These often contain a helpful pattern, which we can emulate in our own prayers. They consist of 5 parts: The address – a name of God (often relating to the rest of the prayer). The doctrine – a truth about … Read more…

What are you afraid of?

I find it interesting that in our modern western society where so many want to push away notions of the spiritual, Halloween still gets a run. Is it our ongoing rejection of institutions and traditions which make people crave letting some back in? Is it an excuse to put up some decorations, wander around the … Read more…

What are you afraid of?

2019 was so ordinary. It had ups and downs, but mostly we got on with life. As Christmas was celebrated, we remembered the coming of the Messiah looking forward to another year. There seemed nothing to seriously be afraid of. However, from November things changed in China and 2020 was set to be a year … Read more…

Living by hope

In Colossians 1:3-5 we see Paul outlining how faith, hope and love interrelate in the Christian life: “We give thanks … since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and the love which you have for all the saints; because of the hope laid up for you in heaven” Did you notice that future … Read more…

Letting Go

Sometimes in life we want things to be different, but we are not willing to let go of what we are currently doing, in order to be free to do the new thing. Personally, there are new hobbies I’d like to take up, current ones which I’d like to devote more attention to and old … Read more…

God’s presence is always with us

After leaving Sukkoth they camped at Etham on the edge of the desert. By day the Lord went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so that they could travel by day or night. Neither the pillar of … Read more…

Reading the Bible as Pastoral Care

Last week, when I wrote about starting a pastoral care team, what activity came to mind? Some of us might think of a hot drink and a chat, perhaps some prayer for what is needed. But does your mind go to God’s word for pastoral care? Pastoral care comes from the imagery of a shepherd … Read more…