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I grew up loving sport. You name it, I tried to play it. School teams, after school clubs, weekends. Sport began to take over my life. Initially it was something that was so enjoyable, fun and life giving. But gradually it became a problem. It became a problem because it became an obsession. The obsession […]

*D minor

I am just now sorting out a mountain of papers on my desk and have come across an order of service from a eucharist I attended during October. It has fallen open at the hymn, Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence. Coincidentally we sung the same hymn at Peterhouse chapel this morning, where I am […]

*the home stretch

Looking for somewhere to live has been a journey and a half. But the end, I think, is almost in sight. Our pressured search for home and community, which I’ve reflected on elsewhere, has prompted all sorts of questions about comfort, sacrifice and wisdom in making life-style choices in our here and now. We’ve felt […]


This image was taken early this September in a small mountain-top chapel in Macedonia, one of the northern-most regions of Greece. Mountains are of course traditional places to meet with God, and outside the chapel the incredible view of the sun setting over the surrounding landscape was certainly awe-inspring. However, this mirror inside – a […]


“The Spider A noiseless patient spider, I mark’d where on a little promontory It stood isolated. How to explore The vacant vast surrounding. It launched forth Filament, filament, filament. Out of itself. Ever unreeling them. Ever tirelessly speeding them. And you, O my soul Where you stand, Surrounded, detach’d In measureless oceans of space. Ceaselessly […]


Truth or Gospel? This is the battleground of our faith. In truth, I long for certainty, to be right, to be in control, and all religions doctrines, theology and ‘biblical’ assurances seem to sate these desires. Yet it leaves me hidden and doesn’t heal the wounds that I carry so deeply. Yet the Gospel offers […]


I made it to the Psalms in my reading plan a month or two ago. Of them all, Psalm 51 v 12 stayed with me. Return unto me the joy of your salvation and uphold me with a willing spirit. I remember singing this Psalm in Sunday School. I knew the background to this Psalm: […]

being still*

“Be still and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10 – a verse we’re familiar with and one oft quoted during rare times of stillness in sung worship. But even then the stillness is fleeting. Life continues at its relentless pace and as the weeks roll by into months and so quickly years how do […]

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