Twelve Steps Towards Freedom

In this series Dave Gregory helps us to explore how the path of the “Twelve Step” programme might help us towards greater freedom for ourselves and for creation, which Jesus came to bring.

Twelve Steps Towards Freedom: Live

Twelve Steps Towards Freedom: Live

He sat down in front of the young adult group one Sunday evening.  An Australian whom our minister had got to know.  Let’s say his name was Roger.  “Hello”, he began, “my name is Roger, I am a Christian and I am alcoholic”.  To the ears of a very naive young Christian...

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...

Twelve Steps Towards Freedom: Endure

Twelve Steps Towards Freedom: Endure

I was supposed to be on sabbatical till the end of this month.  But the restrictions on travel as well as the pastoral and missional demands of the COVID-19 lockdown has meant it rightly needed to be delayed.  No, I’m not asking for sympathy.  As God reminded me a few...

Twelve Steps Towards Freedom: Restore

Twelve Steps Towards Freedom: Restore

I spent some of my daily exercise out in the bluebell woods near my home a week or so back.  A wonderful carpet of blue, a heavy scent filling the air.  What a wonder - life being restored as the exceptionally warm April brings new life once more.  A wonderful...

Twelve Steps Towards Freedom: People

Twelve Steps Towards Freedom: People

I’ve taken to going on a short walk after lunch.  My once a day exercise as recommended in the government COVID-19 lock down advice.  Keeping an appropriate distance from other people of course. During the first week of the lockdown, on a beautiful blue-sky day I...

Twelve Steps Towards Freedom: Change

Twelve Steps Towards Freedom: Change

I have hesitated to write this month’s blog.  But this is a journey and so with fellow travellers I think I need to be honest.  I’ve been travelling quite a lot over the past month.  Some of it greener than others. I travelled “greenly” by train to the South Eastern...

Twelve Steps Towards Freedom: Ready

Twelve Steps Towards Freedom: Ready

While they might have disappeared from our headlines, replaced by different apocalyptic concerns over the spread of the Coronavirus, the forest fires in Australia have not gone away.  And with the hottest months of the summer to come, more are expected.  The images...

Twelve Steps Towards Freedom: Confession

Twelve Steps Towards Freedom: Confession

COP25.  Ring a bell?  No?  Well, I mentioned it in my last blog before Christmas.  I know, I know.  That’s an age away.  Your attention might have been elsewhere - there was an election on after all.  And things around churches get frantic in the run up to Christmas,...

Twelve Steps Towards Freedom: Deeper

Twelve Steps Towards Freedom: Deeper

You might have noticed, there’s a general election on.  And I’ve been wondering; how long do promises made in the run-up to an elections last?  A long as the Parliament?  Perhaps a year?  A few months?  Up to when the doors of the polling stations close?  A bit...