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“Sin hurts people and ruins relationships. But perhaps the greatest tragedy is what sin keeps us from – the grand adventure of a life lived with and for God.” Drew Dyck 1 ++Justin on sin, salvation and his story, to the media. Well said. 2 Sleep and creativity, neatly explored. 3 Brian Zahnd and being […]


whats been occurring in these last few days……. I can confirm that removal men all drink tea with two sugars. Regularly. Coaching and cheering on some of the brightest talent. Humbled. Bending metal in unexpected ways. The wrath of DIY and all that. When you don’t live in the city. It’s properly quiet. In a […]


Christmas times in all sorts of unexpected ways, and yes the artwork is a family members irreverent card to me! Searing light and soul searching times…. Cooking lots for others and the gift of this. The largest free-range turkey I’d seen: 7.5kg goodness. This saw multiple outings. A great selection of books given-to-me, as ever to […]


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: […]


away time in the countryside was so restorative. The unique goodness of never being further than 16miles from a coastline…… Eating that Cornish pastie surrounded by beautiful scenery spiked plenty of facebook interest! Lots of amazing quality food, the art scene and wonderful friends in great weather makes for a great combination, right?! Cornwall is […]

maple syrup & three-percent

For me life always makes sense when I think about food! I’ve recently learnt about the process of refining maple syrup. Maple trees are tapped with buckets hung under the taps; out of the trees drips a sap, which is thin and clear, like water. On a good day, 50 trees will yield 40 gallons […]

a young life spent

well….really well! It’s a story that’s been forgotten. Not given enough air-time. Over the years the numbers of people committed to Jesus in other countries has diminished. Often their practices were dramatic. The cost was immense. The implications were very real. They would reject what they had gathered in this life. Right before they would travel though, they would […]

another draft

being remade, being refashioned is costly, painful and……always worthwhile! “The church is the rough draft of a new humanity, and the Spirit is its author. Rough drafts are always a rather tragic state of affairs. But as every writer knows, there’s only one thing to do about it, and that is to revise. That is the work of the […]

from Les Misérables

comes a most beautiful gospel telling. Indeed, few works of art better express the central Christian message of the redemptive power of forgiveness and sacrificial love. Not that I’ve seen the movie, not just yet….but having loved the book and the musical…… are some of my favourite quotes. *Free on Kindle right now! Julie Rose’s translation of Les Miserables […]

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