Out of the Mouths of Babes

One of the sweetest highlights in pastoral ministry I’ve experienced thus far was when I was stood next to one of my best friends on the front row of the church we were leading together at the time. Like in any church, there were seemingly thousands of things/responsibilities/behind-the-scenes situations that were threatening to kidnap myContinue reading “Out of the Mouths of Babes”

Dark Are We Yet Lovely #2

The post yesterday tried to shine a spot-light on the nature of God as an affectionate Lover of His people and the difference between this reality and the notion that God loves us only because He loves us unconditionally, as though we weren’t lovable to Him. Of course, our standing before Him is both transactionalContinue reading “Dark Are We Yet Lovely #2”

Dark Are We Yet Lovely

I was at a friend’s house over the weekend for breakfast and afterwards watched his little 4-year old boy plumb the depths of despair and rise to the heights of elation, back and forth, in literally less than a second. His roller-coaster emotions depended entirely on the pressure of water coming from the water hoseContinue reading “Dark Are We Yet Lovely”

Ginger beards and shell-suits

    The other day I was running along a canal near to where I live in Bradford and I was praying as I started picking up speed.     As I was running this particular day, a young chap with a bright ginger beard, a caring face and a full-length shell-suit caught my heightenedContinue reading “Ginger beards and shell-suits”

No-one Like You God

In Exodus 15:11 the phenomenal prophet, Moses, says, “”Who among the gods is like you, O LORD ?         Who is like you—         majestic in holiness,         awesome in glory, working wonders?”   Today, often in the shadow of Islamic mosques, Jehovah’s Witness call-outs and the world’s obsession with political correctness, the prophetic accuracy ofContinue reading “No-one Like You God”