We grieve, but not in the same way as those who have no hope

This is going to be a very personal post, full of reflections on the death just yesterday of my Father-in-Law. But before I get into that, being me, I have to begin with a very important point of Bible understanding.  For I know that many Christians feel secretly guilty for the fact they are grieving.  They ask themselves, "why am I crying when I know that my loved one has gone to a better place?"I hope to reassure all of my readers who are currently in mourning, and every single one of you w … [Read more...]

An Old Poem on the paradox of so-called "freedom"

When I was younger I used to write poems. I can't remember the last time that I wrote one. I found this when doing some clearing up yesterday at home. I have to try and tidy the room that has doubled as a family "den" and my study so that we can get my son Henry in there soon as it is now going to be his bedroom. One major advantage of tidying (tho it does not come easy to me I have to say!) is that you come across odd things from a bygone era that you thought you had long thrown away. I … [Read more...]

Bringing warmth to a fathers heart

One of my children came downstairs, after being in their room for ages yesterday, with the following list of verses. They had obviously spent a long time going thru a bible looking at highlighted verses and choosing, as they put it, their "favorite ones". I think its a pretty good list, actually, and I am grateful for the grace of God at work in this dear child of mine despite all their father's failings and imperfections. Nothing that I could hope to ever accomplish with the blog will be of … [Read more...]

10 Things I learnt on my summer "break"

Following just over a month of this self-imposed near-total break from my online life (obviously not including my paid work!) what have I discovered?Wordpress's auto-publish feature is bullet-proof and a real gift You hardly missed me as a result of 1. and my kind guest bloggers. Indeed, traffic remained pretty high considering it was August. Phil Moore is better than I am at explaining why digital fasts are so important. A week is definitely not long enough It took me much longer before I … [Read more...]

What Is The Purpose of This Mysterious Gauge On The Underground?

I wrote this post today on my way to the hospital with my son, Henry. I've taken the day off to be with him while he undergoes major dental surgery.Henry is a very observant boy and noticed the gauge that's pictured here under one of the seats on the train. We watched it and it fluctuated randomly, but seemed to go up when the train was stationary and down when it was moving.The Internet is a great way to tap into the pooled intelligence of its readers. So help me answer my son's question—what i … [Read more...]

Mark Driscoll Unleashed in London

The Newfrontiers conference in Brighton is now over, but for me the learning continues. It was a delight to bring my son, Henry, to hear Mark in the flesh last night. Having been away, it was good to get some time with Henry on the way there. Henry was very observant of the unusual surroundings of a Church of England church. He pointed out what seemed to him to be a typo in a Bible verse that was carved into the stone wall. It said "This do in remembrance of me." "Dad, that should say, "Do this … [Read more...]

Mother’s Day Sermon – Comfort Like a Mother

This sermon was preached by me on the UK's Mother's Day, which was on March 2nd. The audio can be downloaded or played here.It was based on a number of verses:Isaiah 66:13 “As one whom his mother comforts, so I will comfort you; you shall be comforted in Jerusalem.”Isaiah 49:15-16 Good News Bible “Can a woman forget her own baby, and not love the child she bore? Even if a mother should forget her child, I will never forget you. Jerusalem, I can never forget you! I have written yo … [Read more...]

Home Again!

We're home again! The reunion was sweet, although the three of us are rather tired. I worked today, while both Henry and Tamasin spent some time sleeping. Unfortunately, none of us slept a wink on the plane!This was the longest I've been away from my dear wife, and the longest I have been in America. We even found ourselves talking about "restrooms" and "strollers" and "pacifiers"—words for which most of my English friends would need an interpreter. Sadly I gained about 3 kg. during the last two … [Read more...]

Sea World and Mardi Gras

Saturday was Sea World day and the Mardi Gras. Tamasin described it as follows in her diary:Today we went to Sea World. Sea World is joined up with Discovery Cove (the place with the dolphins). Sea World was really cool. They had a roller coaster (it was easy but fun) and a water ride. I got so wet I had to buy a new top. There was loads of shows, including a dolphin and whale show, an otter and sea lion one, one nothing to do with animals but called itself a circus, another with big massive … [Read more...]

Wet n' Wild in Orlando, Florida

We learned an invaluable lesson today about vacations in Florida. You really can't do it all, and you actually don't want to. Having spent a stimulating and enjoyable day at Universal Studios yesterday, we took someone's advice and decided to have a day at a waterpark before hitting Islands of Adventure tomorrow. The idea of a less full day in-between parks is very sensible. On the way into the park, we were feeling excited, and only mildly apprehensive at the sheer height of the slide rides. We … [Read more...]


CLOSE | X

HIDE | X