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Creativity and the creative process get a lot of air-time these days in articles, books and blog posts. There are hundreds, maybe thousands, of tips out there on how to be create, how to write. Read a lot. Read widely. Write every day. Find new locations for inspiration. Write with noise. Write in quiet. And […]


In any creative enterprise there are risks, and false-starts resulting in glorious and rare fruit, often unseen elsewhere. Manchester has known the gift of the Message Trust, and God’s honour has been seen in the mix of this gritty, consistent movement of changed lives. The unrelenting faith of a life sent on purpose is portrayed in […]


At church, I’m teaching an overview of Nehemiah today, as part of our ‘Called to be!’ series. Nehemiah’s an all-time favourite for me. There’s so many big and important personal themes in this. Trust, prayer and action are so powerfully seen in Nehemiah’s life. Through the Holy Spirit, that’s possible for you and me too! […]

thrown back

….onto God! Joy and peace come into our lives then, when we mind more about God than we do about ourselves, when we realize what the things that matter really are. The Spirit clears up our problems about what we want or ought to be at, simplifies us and throw us back again and again […]

something new…

“The promise is there. I’m doing a new thing for you, says God. Don’t you see it? Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.” […]

more than a heavenly-ticket!

Rightly understood, the gospel calls the evangelical to more than belief to obtain a ticket, and disciples to more than spreading an anemic gospel which must be beeded up through spiritual disciplines or social justice. Jesus’s disciples would never have made this gross error. They knew the gospel was of kingdom proportions, animating and laying […]

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