This is my story – Part Four: My Teenage Years

I concluded the last section of my story by explaining that because of my father’s job relocation, we moved away from the church in which I had been so happy.For me, moving away from my friends and the church I had so loved was tough. Suddenly I discovered that there were actually churches that were different to the one in which I’d grown up. Well, to be fair, I had previously also been aware of the Anglican church that had been linked to my primary school—but the subtleties of the different … [Read more...]

This is my story – Part Three: My Baptism and sense of call

As a young child, one of my favorite verses was the following: Acts 10:47—“Can anyone withhold water for baptizing these people, who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?” My parents found themselves with no arguments left. I had received the Spirit just as they had. I was clearly a Christian. How could they stop me any longer from being baptized?I remember the day well. We had a temporary wooden baptistery with a plastic lining. I loved watching the pipes being used to fill and em … [Read more...]

This is my story – Part Two: seeing the birth of a movement

I wonder if my father thought that what had happened the night I said I wanted to become a Christian had been real. I was so young; could I really understand it? Could this short conversation which ended in me praying really make such a difference to me? Could it be true that I had accepted Christ at such a young age?I do remember being in no doubt about it the next morning when I had an argument with a member of my family. I wanted us to tell my two year old sister, but this grown-up … [Read more...]

This is my story Part One: How I got born again


For the next couple of weeks I am disconnecting from the Internet as I usually do around this time of year. I have scheduled some posts for you which works through my testimony.One of the things about a blog is that it is, by its very nature, a very personal thing. You meet not just a set of ideas, but a person. A few years ago I set about sharing the brief story of my life with you. In some ways it feels like a strange thing to do, which is probably why I never completed it!But, I do … [Read more...]

Tamasin Warnock’s charitable trip to South Africa


My eldest daughter is now seventeen. I do not know what has happened to all those years!Next month we will be waving her off on a trip to South Africa. She will be spending three weeks of her summer renovating classrooms in a township school, and teaching children who have not had the fortunate upbringing she has. Some of the children may well be AIDs orphans.I am very proud of her. She is working with Hillcrest, and is expected to raise her own funds. Through quiz nights, cake … [Read more...]

What is relational Christianity?


When I was just four I became a part of a family of churches that was subsequently called Newfrontiers. Terry Virgo was the founder of that group. One of our rallying calls was a call to "relational Christianity." This call is as relevant now as it has ever been. A few days ago Terry posted a couple of tweets about this: You are welcome to church life shaped & formatted by business psychology and procedure. I prize brotherly love and comradeship always!— Terry Virgo (@TerryVirgo) May 2 … [Read more...]

Guest post from Mrs W: “Regarding Wet Ugg Boots”


My wife wrote this humorous little ditty, and as I haven't been posting anything much lately due to my January semi-fast from social media, she agreed to let me publish it here.  Please let her know here what you think of it in the comments section below and be nice to her, she is my wife! A silly poem fabricated in my mind during my rainy walk this morning with Albert, a poke at how we can get stressed about silly things! (From a Christian's perspective):It's raining on me Ugg … [Read more...]

A big thank you to all my top 25 referrers

There are many search engines and individual websites that help people to find this blog.   At this time of year I like to thank those who have sent the most traffic with a link-out.  This year I thought I would start with the big ones who I have usually ignored.  There is no doubt that Google continues to dominate this list. A lot of traffic comes from people who have a bookmark to the site, so add this and other sites you like to read to your favorites right now.The one with the most gr … [Read more...]

“We wish you a very merry Christmas”


T'was the night before the night before Christmas, and all was calm and quiet.....Not in most houses it wasn't!I know how this thing goes. There are last minute gifts to buy. There is food to wrap and presents to cook...did I get something wrong there?Fortunately, many of us men have a saint for a wife who carries the vast majority of the load at this time of year. But we still have no business reading or writing blogs over the next few days!So, I hope that you are looking forward to … [Read more...]

My blog comment policy

Every now and then as I have multiple responsibilities, I find it helpful to lay aside at least one of those things. I find it can feel like a holiday even if I continue other tasks. Also, for bloggers and others who are at least to some degree in the public eye, comments, tweets, and Facebook updates hold a particular danger.  It is possible to become addicted to checking your comments and to interacting. It is healthy therefore to try to disengage from this from time to time and make sure that … [Read more...]