Category: life in all its fullness

  • Playfully creative

    This is the sixth and final value that our church has recently adopted. The process by which we discerned and distilled the values was using an exercise I call ‘The Ideal Church Exhibition’. Groups, made up of diverse people from across the church, worked together to draw ‘The Ideal Church’ – where the only limit…

  • choices

    Modern life seems to be defined by choice. From the moment we open our eyes in the morning to the moment we drop off in the evening we are faced with choices: Do I get out of bed? What do I have for breakfast? What do I wear today? And so on. It seems to…

  • courageous reasoning

    With all the love, grace and encouragement I can muster I want to ask you to bear with me and read this bloggage to the end. It may be the most important one I have ever written. One of the things that an imminent operation on your heart does for you is force you to…

  • worn out or worn in?

    Don’t you feel sorry for the groundsmen at the ¬†Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships? Before play began on Monday they must have worked tirelessly to get the courts into pristine condition. The grass was perfect, the lines were precise so that it was looking at its absolute best. This comes from the Wimbledon website: It takes…

  • the guardian angel of credit cards

    After some unexpected (and probably computer-error-generated) activity on my credit card I decided that it was safest to have the old card replaced. That all happened smoothly, but it also included getting a new PIN.¬†Now I don’t know about you but I have so many 4 digit numbers bouncing around in my head that I…

  • Life, liberty and…

    During my first sabbatical leave, over 9 years ago, I tried to work out what might be a common belief amongst people. I distilled something along the lines of ‘I should be happy.’ It may be expressed in many different ways but I still reckon that is not a long way from the truth. Mych…