Safe in His arms

{New contributor Shannon Ames thinks I (Pete) tend to be a diabolical mischief causer. I think that’s harsh, and won’t retaliate by pointing out she spent the summer telling kids about her imaginary boyfriend Bobby… In all seriousness though Shannon is a great worship leader and passionate about sharing what God puts on her heart}…

The Other Son

The story of the prodigal son (Luke 15) is quite familiar. Many sermons have been preached and many devotions have been written about the son who went astray but came home to a warm welcome of grace from his father. But there is another, often overlooked, member of the family. The other son. The one…

Prodigal

“It seems that all my bridges have been burned, But you say that’s exactly how this grace thing works It’s not the long walk home that will change this heart, But the welcome I receive with the restart ” {Mumford & Sons – Roll away your stone} In Luke 15 Jesus tells a story about a…

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…