Freefall

You may have seen the coverage at the weekend of Felix Baumgartner’s record breaking speed of sound busting freefall from the edge of space to earth. It was pretty incredible to watch, and must have taken extreme courage and faith in his parachute and his team’s calculations to take that step out of his capsule…

No Surprises

The other day I got an email from my mobile phone network to inform me of some changes they were making to the package I am on. Rather than get unlimited data I am now going to be restricted to 1GB of data a month, unless I pay several pounds more for the new, now…

Real men

Something that has really struck me this summer is how so few men actually merit the label “men”. So many guys are just immature, foolish boys going around thinking they are a big deal because they can drink legally. Newsflash – getting drunk doesn’t make you a man. Having sex doesn’t make you a man.…

Denied

Peter, Peter, Peter. What were you thinking? Only hours earlier it had been going so well. Only hours earlier you had promised to never desert Jesus (Matthew 26:33). When they came to arrest him you drew a sword to fight back (John 18:10). But then came the questions in the courtyard as Jesus was being…

Fair-weather Christians

It is easy to be a Christian when life is good, when the sun is shining down on us, when everything is going right. But we need to keep firm in faith when the storms come, for they will come. And God promises to never let go of us. He walks the dark valley with…

(Sledge)Hammer Time

There is a dam, and behind it is a huge reservoir of love and mercy and grace that God longs to flood us with. But we need to take a sledgehammer to that dam, breaking down the walls we put in place, walls of fear and doubt and coolness and popularity and respect and safety…

Brick Walls

Ever feel like every time you try something there is a huge brick wall blocking your path? Every time you try to make a difference there is some sort of obstacle? Every time you want to try something fresh something gets in your way? So often it seems like just when we are all fired…

Bunk bed railings

I spent the summer sleeping in what was essentially the top bunk of a bunk bed (it didn’t have a bottom bunk, that was a general storage area for all my stuff.) The bed would have been a good 1.5m or so off the ground, which was solid concrete. I was living in a cabin…

Who could ever stop us?

“And if our God is for us then who could ever stop us? And if our God is with us, then what could stand against?” ~ Our God – Chris Tomlin, Matt Redman “That is why we can say with confidence, “The lord is my helper, so I will not be afraid. What can mere…

Rise

As I’ve mentioned once or twice I spend my summers working as a counsellor at a Christian youth camp in New York. And as part of that every day we had a couple of worship sessions. One evening this summer as that was going on the worship leader Shannon instructed us to just close our…