Imagine camping in a cave for four days. No sunlight, no scenery, just dark damp rock. For four days.Read More
My experience was common.
At twenty, God showed me what I was worshipping at that time in my life – and it wasn’t him. Through suffering, he showed me what we all need to learn: Our idols won’t satisfy us (Isaiah 44:9).
My response was to replace that idol with another. Maybe this one will satisfy me? But God took that from me too. And the next.Read More
‘Oooh!’ I leapt from the sofa. ‘Tom, look.’
I showed him my phone. He just laughed at me. I began messaging my friends, sure that they’d give me a better response – our favourite band was back in the country.
Within seconds, the phone was a vibrating whirl of GIF’s and exclamation marks.
And then I started thinking – am I ever that excited about God? The writers of the New Testament were.Read More
It’s been a week since so-called ‘Blue Monday’ – the most depressing day of the year. January hits us hard.
The promise of a new-year-new-you might have evaporated into new-year-same-old-you. Same old job? Same old suffering? Same old… well, life.Read More
I flick the pages of my Bible. I see Romans 5:6: ‘while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.’ I flick a bit further and find Romans 8:1, Philippians 3:8-10… I keep flicking.Read More
Rachel Jones starts her new book with a bit of self-examination. The first chapter is called 31 Reasons You Might Need This Book. Here's Reason #1…Read More
O Holy Night is my favourite Christmas carol. I love the middle of the first verse: A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices, For yonder breaks a new and glorious dawn ‘Weariness’ is the right word for our times.Read More
God became a man. Don’t get used to that. The God who threw stars into space got his hands dirty; the one who spoke life into our lungs cried in a humble stable.Read More
Big things. We love them. Whether it’s a once-in-a-lifetime trip to the Grand Canyon or the thrill of walking to the top of a hill…Read More
German comedy show, Knallerfrauen’s famous ‘iPad’ sketch begins with a woman chopping potatoes. Her dad’s behind herRead More
My phone says I live in Dudley. I get adverts on Google telling me where to eat, shop and get my car serviced locally. I actually live fifteen miles away.Read More
Forgiven, adopted and loved people will change. Our lives will stand out.
How can we do this at work? Here are five ways.Read More
You’ve probably heard the story. Jesus is at a wedding and the wine runs out.
So he gets the butler to fill six jars with water – huge jars that God’s Old Testament people would use…Read More
Author, Elena Ferrante recently wrote about her fear of Jesus’ death and resurrection. I was another teenage Eleanor who was left cold by the same story.Read More
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.
What if I said that you could find the lasting joy and approval we all look for in the next hour?Read More
Taking heaven and hell out of Jesus’ teaching would be like taking the ball out of a cup final.Read More