June 1, 2020

So following yesterday’s change to the advice (and it was always only advice!)  we decided to have a go at walking out. This is a great little bonus extra to add to my ongoing series on Corona Hope that you might find interesting. It was a bit scary. But we decided to go really early when many would  still be in bed. We drove to a big open space with wide paths. And we were fully ready to come back… Read more

May 31, 2020

There are moments when any freedom loving, justice seeking, honourable person MUST speak up. This is one such moment. My pastor Tope Koleoso spoke out wisely and deeply personally about one such injustice this morning. He was of course speaking about the horrendous event in the USA. I have very little to add except that we simply cannot tolerate the cold blooded murder of a black suspect by a white policeman in the 21st Century. I am also deeply concerned… Read more

May 28, 2020

$1 billion gamble? Or the miracle we are all waiting for? That is the huge question. And at a time when many are in despair about the Corona-crunch, Christians are uniquely able to lift up our heads and continue to hope.  We don’t hope blindly. We are not fools.  We know that the vaccine may not work. But we dare to believe that there is a God in heaven who is FOR us.  And that things WILL kind of work… Read more

May 26, 2020

As a Christian who believes in the bodily resurrection of Jesus, and even wrote two books about it, I often feel like I should be full of hope, peace and joy at all times. Yet as I tried to explain in my three year anniversary reflections the truth is the last years have been a struggle to not let go of all three of those things. It is a battle we all face. But it is a battle that can… Read more

May 24, 2020

In this article I talk about how difficult it can be to talk about strong emotions when you suffer with a serious or chronic illness. There are attached two short videos by psychologists which speak about how trying to force ourselves or other people to “be positive” can be counter productive. If you struggle with grief, depression, anxiety, or simply concern about a health condition you may find these clips helpful. Or if you are well yourself but struggle to… Read more

May 21, 2020

Dr Brian Koffman is a modern day pioneer, married to Patty who is the co-founder with him of perhaps one of the most remarkable patient groups around CLL Society Inc.. It is an absolute privilege to have both of them frequenting our little corner of the web, and even more so that he agreed to be interviewed (often Brian is the one doing the interviewing). The conversation was deep and rich and you can see it right here on this… Read more

May 20, 2020

I wake this morning feeling very sober. But also very glad to be alive. Mixed motions for sure. You could even say that I was “sorrowful yet always rejoicing.” I hope you will humour me sharing a vide clip of the passage of Scripture that phrase comes from. Sometimes people accuse me of over sharing, if that is true then perhaps so did the Apostle Paul in this desperate yet somehow hopeful passage which resonates with my experience these past… Read more

May 17, 2020

If you are struggling at the moment the first step towards hope is to recognise and admit how you feel. You are not alone as this article from Desiring God shows us: His soul was in such turmoil he could not sleep. So confused and disturbed were his emotions (and the questions that fueled them), he couldn’t capture them all in words. He wasn’t experiencing a generalized, undefined depression. He mentioned no specific enemy threatening his life. The person he… Read more

May 5, 2020

I am blessed to have a number of pastors as friends. South African Pastor, PJ Smyth is one of them. Those of my readers who remember the days of Newfrontiers events like Brighton Leadership conference, and the younger ones who go to Newday will likely remember him fondly.  The man can sure preach up a storm! He was also always one to think practically about how he might help other pastors. So no wonder he filmed these two helpful quick… Read more

May 4, 2020

Not worrying aloud or a shopping list. ‘Not my will but your’s be done.’ (Luke 22:42). That should really be called the Lord’s Prayer, since it was one of very few recorded prayers of Jesus, prayed at the climax of his earthly life. He looks at the Cross, his body and mind recoils from it, but his spirit desires God’s will above everything else. Video discussing this post Podcast This is a prayer of submission, of surrender to his Father’s… Read more




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