What to do when you get knocked down

Life circumstances have  a way of knocking us down. It can be relentless sometimes. Money issues, redundancy, the school bully, or the daily grind. We all get knocked down at some point. What knocks you down? What makes you not want to get up again? There’s this story of a father who comes to Jesus … Continue reading What to do when you get knocked down

Pass through and keep pursuing the one thing

Not every day or week or month or even year is a good one. Some days we feel like the little boat below - washed up; stuck in the mud; in need of some care. Storms pass and things get better - Someone reminded me of that this morning. Things do get better: Struggles become … Continue reading Pass through and keep pursuing the one thing

What in the world is going on?

Politics in the UK is awash with discord, dissention, and disgusting hypocrisy at leadership level. The world is awash with fear surrounding Covid as omicron reportedly runs rampant while politicians and scientists attempt to help nations cope. Pity they are not also working to alleviate fears. As Christmas approaches many are still homeless, hopeless, or … Continue reading What in the world is going on?

Storm winds blow

Storm winds blew, billowing through darkened streets,Shifting the landscape beneath my feet,Causing me to slip and slideFinding nowhere safe to hide. My heart pounds with real raw fearWith natures reminders you are nearAnd troubled my mind, like river, raceAs tears flow down my storm-blown face. Big Brother on the Skerries Sometimes I want to just … Continue reading Storm winds blow

“Killing the Lone Ranger” – a basic theology of missional community

The following article is something I wrote a number of years ago and posted on http://www.gcdiscipleship.com. I hope it gives us a bit of food for thought about mission and discipleship within the context of community as being more healthy that of ‘going it alone' on the journey of faith. DISCIPLES WERE NEVER MEANT TO … Continue reading “Killing the Lone Ranger” – a basic theology of missional community

Play with a pack, run with a team

This morning I’m at a football tournament watching my daughter play. As they practiced shooting it struck me that all the teams practicing in that moment were only practicing scoring goals. No one was passing, tackling or communicating. Why? I suspect in every child’s mind there is the thought that they want to be the … Continue reading Play with a pack, run with a team

Better not bitter

It’s the easiest thing to have a bitter mind and hardened heart when you are experiencing pain, trauma or grief. Better not bitter Keep a good heart and don’t get bitter. Aim to be kind. Aim to be compassionate. Aim to be better, not bitter. When life is going swimmingly it’s actually really easy. It’s … Continue reading Better not bitter

Confidence flows from character

I posted a few days ago about character being attributes that flow OUT of us in life’s circumstances. The quality of our character dictates the strength of our lives. And the strength of our lives is linked with the confidence we have on the inside flowing to the outside. For example, patience is stronger than … Continue reading Confidence flows from character