How love impacts a judgmental world

WE LIVE in a judgmental world — all the more apparent in a season of exam results, Brexit uncertainty, and rising social tensions. We judge — and are judged — on our attainments, the kind of house we own or don’t own, and our occupation e.g. “just a stay-at-home mum”. Of course, we need to make good discernments about character and trust in our dealings, but it is this very human and rather proud attitude of being judgmental that strains relationships. As Christians, we’re called to be different. That is easy to say, and more difficult to deliver, but Jesus […]

Evangelism made a bit less complicated

Evangelism made a bit less complicated This is one of the ‘frequently asked questions’ I hear about living the Jesus life. “I want to share my faith with others – but I don’t know how to do it.” Everyone is looking for a winning method to win people to Christ. I have worked with evangelists, and watched what they do, and tried to find a winning method. But when you’re fixated on looking for the wrong thing, you close yourself off to other possibilities. Including right ones! The winning method doesn’t work because we don’t do the winning – the […]


Life-giving water: The freshness of a town-square fountain on a hot day (Cahors, France) The seven characteristics of a disciple This topic was introduced on Blue Run. Red Run: A Bible study of Jesus’ definition of a disciple in His last words, to precede this post. 1. Disciples are people who ‘abide’ John 15:4-5. Abide is a word which conveys living and staying. Abiding in Jesus is like hanging out with Jesus and hanging IN with Jesus — both together. It is about doing life with Jesus. Exactly what the first disciples experienced. Jesus doing life with them. When we do […]


Preparing and flying: Microlight aircraft, Shobdon Airfield, Leominster (Swift Light Flight and Hereford Times) Four values that shape a disciple This topic was introduced on Blue Run or see earlier post below. WE CROSS a line from darkness to light, by trusting Jesus with our lives. He has given His life for our life – established fact. We give Him our lives and say to Him: “I want You to rule and reign in my life now”. For some of us, that was baptism – telling our story and symbolically dying to the old life, letting the old identity wash […]

Connecting: Learning to be friendly

BLUE RUN POST John 4:20 (The Samaritan woman said:) “Our fathers worshipped on this mountain, but you say that in Jerusalem is the place where people OUGHT to worship.”   WE talk about ‘a friendly church’ as if that were an unusual but desirable quality. What nonsense… except that it IS a bit unusual. Most churches do try to present a welcoming face – a generation ago, it was assumed that you were local, belonged to that denomination, knew the form and ought to be there. Especially when you weren’t. That’s all changed… but there is still the assumption: that […]


How values make us or break us as disciples John 15:15 (The Message) I’m no longer calling you servants because servants don’t understand what their master is thinking and planning. No, I’ve named you friends because I’ve let you in on everything I’ve heard from the Father. Where would Jesus be? I asked a congregation on Sunday, “If Jesus was back with us in human form, where would He be? Teaching us in church? Or elsewhere – in the hospital? Around the bus station? Or at a hostel?” When Jesus was on earth before, He believed what every Jew believed. So […]

Why there is always a way back

The Ten Commandments, symbolic of the covenant with Moses, are literally built into the Texas State Capitol, making a statement about the partnership between God’s purposes and ours. Mal. 2: 2-6 Why there’s always a way back to God THE idea of covenant is frequently talked about in the Bible but it isn’t a term we use a lot in everyday life, except perhaps the matter of giving to a charity so that they can reclaim the income tax paid on your gift. ‘Covenanted giving’ to the Inland Revenue means you have agreed to give regularly as a permanent arrangement […]

How to hope in the Lord (it works!)

Negativity of life: Life around us is often not lifegiving, as we are exposed to negativity, blame and criticism from others. That’s why we need a fresh impartation of God’s hope to renew what gets knocked out. The power of hope Isaiah 40:31 …Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. I WANT to  build on the idea in the opening stanzas of Psalm 103: Psalm 103:1-5 Praise the Lord, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the […]