Tunnel Vision

I was walking to my girlfriend Cherith’s house one evening a few months ago. It is a walk I have made many times, as it was also for the most part the same walk I took to work every morning for eight months. It is a walk I know well. And as I was going…

The cake was never gay

Earlier this week we eventually had a verdict in the long drawn out “gay cake” court case that has dominated the media in Northern Ireland (and indeed around the world) ever since that fateful day almost a year ago when Ashers Bakery in Northern Ireland declined to make a cake for the gay rights organisation…

Kingdom: Healing

{Matthew 8:1-17, 9:1-8,18-34} “And he said to him, “I will come and heal him”” Matthew 8:7 We have made it past the Sermon on the Mount, and as Matthew continues his Gospel account of the life of Jesus and the establishment of the Kingdom he now takes time to share with us some of the…

#WeAreGomer

There is a story in the Old Testament of a prophet called Hosea. (Handily it is found in the book of Hosea). He received a somewhat strange message from God. God told him to go and get a wife. But not just any wife. Hosea was commanded to take “a wife of whoredom” Hosea 1:2.…

Heart Problems

I recently did a placement in a cardiology ward, wandering around with a stethoscope round my neck, listening to people’s hearts and trying to hear any irregularities they may have had in their heart beat. And it got my thinking about how there are lots of similarities between physical heart conditions and spiritual heart conditions.…

“Sometimes, being the nice guy sucks”

A few weeks ago I was going through a few days of a depressed mood. I was sick of being the “nice guy”. I tend to try and be generous as best I can, and was getting frustrated that I wasn’t getting good anything in return. That day I had bought a multi pack of…

Waiting on God's timing

I am not a very patient person. I like things to happen exactly when they are supposed to. I like knowing in advance when something is scheduled to occur. If I am meeting someone and they are a few minutes late my imagination goes into overdrive, thinking up all sorts of disasters that could have…

Stop acting your age

{Intro from Pete: It is my pleasure to introduce a new guest contributor, one of my five star friends Allyssa, who I have worked with at Beaver Cross and who last summer was one of my running partners – even though she couldn’t handle my pace… It is particularly neat for me to have her…

Dead to life

“Once you were dead because of your disobedience and your many sins. You used to live in sin, just like the rest of the world, obeying the devil—the commander of the powers in the unseen world. He is the spirit at work in the hearts of those who refuse to obey God. All of us used to…

Save us

“One of the criminals hanging beside him scoffed, “So you’re the Messiah, are you? Prove it by saving yourself—and us, too, while you’re at it!”” Luke 23:39 As they crucified Jesus there were two criminals being executed beside him. Two men who had broken laws and were facing the consequences of their actions. And in…