Church Re-imagined

Church Re-imagined

It seems remarkable that it was only six months ago that four representatives of our small Baptist Church in Kirkby Stephen attended the first session of ‘Re:Imagine’ which had been organised by the Northern Baptist Association. Alongside leaders from two other...
Unexpected Blessings

Unexpected Blessings

Years ago there was a shift in my family’s life.  An unplanned, unexpected transition. A move from one side of the globe, having been there for years, back to the UK.  I went from feeling like a round peg in a round hole, to feeling like I was in the wrong place...
Twelve Steps Towards Freedom: Presence

Twelve Steps Towards Freedom: Presence

I’ve always found the Bible a bit odd.  I mean, the beginning and the end.  No, not the kind of questions it raises when placed aside the story of the cosmos told by science.  I always found it odd in that it starts with a story of a garden.  And ends with a story of...
Never Waste A Crisis

Never Waste A Crisis

‘Never waste a crisis’, a quote attributed to Winston Churchill, is something I’ve heard a few times in recent months. Listening for the voice of the Spirit amidst the myriad of voices clamouring for our attention in the midst of the pandemic, has not always been...
Real Change

Real Change

I’ve recently read Graham Greene’s powerful novel, Brighton Rock. At the heart of the book is the question, can a person truly change? Can someone who is evil become good? At one point two of the central characters, Rose and Ida, talk about this. In response to Rose’s...
Looking in the Mirror

Looking in the Mirror

The image of Donald Trump posing with a Bible outside a church building in Washington DC has seared itself into people’s consciousness. It’s been everywhere on news media and on social media and it’s been much discussed. To make the photo-op possible, crowds...