This is a 10-minuter. Grab a cuppa and a large donut, sit back and enjoy.  It’s easy to grumble about church. Whether it’s the two-hour sermons, the 1980s worship hits, the mucus-green carpet or the questionable odour emitting from the gentleman in the next pew, we all have our little niggles. Our society is all about consumerism, so it’s inevitable that this will spill over into our attitudes towards church. But for someone in the middle of a faith deconstruction, these “niggles” can reach… Read more

Mental health is a real thing. It’s not something lazy people have made up so they don’t have to go to work or get out of bed. Neither is it something that “crazy” people have, that “normal” people don’t. If you have a brain, then mental health affects you. We know that our bodies are amazing in their complexity: their ability to process food into energy, to grow and develop, to get us where we want to go, to heal themselves. But we… Read more

This poem was written by my friend Katie van Santen. I Am Other This is who I am. This is me. This is my being. And who are you to judge that I am broken? That I need fixing, healing, restoring? Who are you to say that this is not the way God made me to be? That this is not God’s will for me? To tell me that we are all fallen, all broken, and therefore who I am… Read more

What does the future hold for the church? While it seems to be thriving in some parts of the world, results of various studies (like this one) suggest that the church in the West is in steady decline. Millennials are walking out in record numbers, leaving church leaders and ageing congregations wondering what on earth they can do to engage with a generation who seem almost entirely disinterested. If the current trends continue, many churches could find themselves quite literally dying out… Read more

This is Part 8 of my ‘Faith In The Fog’ series on my experiences with doubt, skepticism, mental health and forging a different kind of faith. < Part 7: Rebuilding Trust When Belief Systems Have Crumbled Two distinct threads of interest have dominated my thinking in recent years. The first is my evolving Christian faith, and the second is mental health. I always saw these two threads as separate, but recently they have become more and more intertwined. As strange as it may sound,… Read more

About an hour ago I stepped out of my back door to empty the recycling bin. It’s a chilly Wednesday morning in January and I am having a rare toddler-free day at home. Yesterday, the sky was grey and heavy; the air was biting cold but not quite cold enough to turn the irritating drizzle into a light snow. We English folk love to complain about the weather, and in the first months of the year it is often justified. It was… Read more

It’s the end of another year. You’ve consumed more turkey, chocolate and alcohol in the last few days than you thought humanly possible. You’ve spent too much, not exercised enough, those bad habits you thought you’d cracked last year are back with a vengeance, and the house is a wreck. It’s time for a fresh start. I never used to bother with New Year’s Resolutions. Being British (and therefore cynical about just about everything) I naturally assumed they were a pointless exercise. But I’ve been converted…. Read more

  Man, I love Christmas. Winter boots, toasty toes, rosy cheeks and bobble hats. That festive buzz. The anticipation. The hustle and bustle, the smell of woodsmoke and roasted chestnuts that warms you on the inside. The unrivalled joy of finding that perfect gift that you know they will just love. That priceless look of wonder and excitement on the kids’ glowing faces. Dad jokes, timeless classics, silly hats, belly laughs. Christmas is a time to appreciate the best things in life, and I for… Read more

This is Part 7 of my ‘Faith In The Fog’ series on my experiences with doubt, skepticism, mental health and forging a different kind of faith. < Part 6: Good Religion, Bad Religion Part 8: Mindfulness and the Doubting Christian It’s easy to trust in God when you feel sure that he exists.  And it’s easy to feel sure that God exists when your faith is built upon a solid foundation of beliefs. I used to feel certain about my beliefs. It felt great. No… Read more

This is Part 6 of my ‘Faith In The Fog’ series on my experiences with doubt, skepticism, mental health and forging a different kind of faith. < Part 5: On Losing Beliefs and Finding God Part 7: Rebuilding Trust When Belief Systems Have Crumbled > Christian-But-Not-Religious I grew up immersed in evangelical Christianity, and yet never considered myself to be religious. Religion seemed such a dry word; my faith in Jesus was so much more exciting, relational and all-encompassing than that. Church was the centre of my… Read more

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