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...]

Christmas rush

At this stage many of us are still panicking about things we need to get down work-wise before the Christmas break, let alone the things around the house. For me, I am so grateful to God for my wife who takes so much pressure away from me at this time of the year! But, in my business I have yet to get around to writing my typical review of the year's blogging. It looks like I may have to do that either between Christmas and the New Year, or more likely early in January.All that remains for … [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...]

Why did you turn into wine? George Warnock sings "There’s no one like you"!

This is the cutest video I have seen for a long while, even if I am a bit biased! … [Read more...]

Eight ways parents can make sure they are not too controlling and over-protective

Josh Harris posted a very interesting article written by and for home school parents. It is highly relevant for all of us. I am not a homeschooler, though we did toy with the idea when the children were younger. I will never forget a conversation with Mike Hewett who urged me to think about whether I was considering homeschooling out of fear. I immediately realized I was, and resolved that since whatever is not of faith is sin I would not homeschool. Of course it is very possible to home-school … [Read more...]

Risk, adventure, and opportunity vs safety, familiarity, and stability

Today I don't have much for you really...just this. I am musing about how it is that different people faced with the same choice will react so differently. Some people have a clear tendency towards risk, adventure, and opportunity while others tend instead towards safety, familiarity, and stability. Still others are more unpredictable.Which are you? Why? And why do you think some people seem to be wired one way or the other and some are harder to predict? … [Read more...]

Is McDonalds Gagging Christians?

I am here in McDonalds using their excellent free WiFi while waiting to pick up my daughter from her small group. Imagine my surprise to notice no adverts on my site or any other site that uses the great Beacon Adverts service. I tried visiting the site to see if there was anything wrong. What I found disturbed me. McDonalds or their provider "The Cloud" are blocking the site! Here is their reason why:Access Denied (content_filter_denied)Your request was denied because of its content … [Read more...]

Senna – a movie you should see with your son

I wanted to write about what was the best evening I have spent for a while. After work yesterday I rushed with Henry to catch a guitar shop which stayed open late. I bought him a Baby Taylor 3/4 acoustic guitar. It is a lovely instrument that brought back memories of my pre-marriage passion for playing. I was never that good, although I did manage to learn a lot of chords, my strumming was never up to much! Still I did play a bit in church. I am thrilled that Henry is so keen to learn and … [Read more...]

Hoping that life begins at Forty!

As you read this I should be spending the first few hours of my fortieth birthday flying towards home. I hope to be with my family just before the kids all go to school and then have a BIG Birthday fry-up breakfast with my wife! What extra joy to be arriving home on the morning of such a day after a long trip, albeit to as glorious a place as South Africa!This post was written before I even went away, and perhaps my thoughts will have developed further, but here are my thoughts on turning … [Read more...]

A start of a new era of fitness and wellbeing?

It will surprise many of you to know I have joined a gym. I even went there today. I exercised for the grand total of 16 minutes. This may well not sound very impressive, but for me with my sedentary job and sedentary writing hobby it IS a big deal! It's probably psychological but I already feel a bit fitter. In fact I have been walking around all day in my new trainers, jogging bottoms and T-shirt!One of the advantages of having a blog is you can make yourself accountable. So, I give you … [Read more...]


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