Realigning Your Heart

Realigning Your Heart

‘The season of Advent is given to us so that we can realign our compass to direct us on the right path’. When I read that in the introduction of John Sentamu’s ‘Wake up to Advent’, I knew I’d made a good choice to read this Advent. Advent is about preparation –...
Twelve Steps towards Freedom – Conversion

Twelve Steps towards Freedom – Conversion

I don’t know if you do this in your church, but when I was baptised, they gave me a Bible verse to encourage me.  I have often wondered why the minister who baptised me was led to this verse.  Maybe because he recognised in me a questioning and inquisitive mind – the...
Twelve Steps Towards Freedom – Powerless

Twelve Steps Towards Freedom – Powerless

I had been invited to speak at a men’s supper in a village close to where I was living in Milton Keynes.  Linked to the local parish church, it included people from church and the wider community, some of whom worked in farming around the village.  A small gathering...
Twelve Steps towards Freedom – Addicted

Twelve Steps towards Freedom – Addicted

If you’re standing, perhaps you had better sit down.  Take a deep breath!  This may come as a bit of a shock. I am an addict. Not an easy thing for a Christian leader to say.  We are meant to be “hospitable, one who loves what is good, who is self-controlled,...
Creating a Hinterland

Creating a Hinterland

What would you say to your younger self about some of the challenges and delights of ministry? In his latest book ‘Letters to a Young Pastor’ Ian Stackhouse returns to the art of letter writing, to capture and share something of what God has shown him over...