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Grief creeps up on you…

Over the last few months I’ve heard that many times. Because it’s true. You’ll be swimming along, going about ‘normal’ life and suddenly WHAM! Something reminds you of what you’ve lost. The thing is, in my experience, it’s normally a mixture of happiness and grief all rolled into one sucker punch. It might be that […]

“I have called you by name…”

But now, this is what the Lord says—    he who created you, Jacob,    he who formed you, Israel:“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;    I have summoned you by name; you are mine.2 When you pass through the waters,    I will be with you;and when you pass through the rivers,    they will not sweep over you.Isaiah 43:1-2 On Friday 8th October 2021 my Dad received news […]

Ask me about my Dad…

I know how awkward it can feel when someone has lost a loved one. How do you talk to them? Should your conversation only be somber? Should you even talk about ‘normal’ things? Will that just upset them? Or will it upset them to talk about what has just happened and how they’re feeling? I […]

Reflections – signs things aren’t right

I’ve been doing a lot of reflecting. Actually, it’s now years of reflecting. This autumn it will be 3 years since we left the Crowded House. In some ways it feels like a lifetime. In others it feels like yesterday. Over those years a lot has happened. Reviews have been commissioned and published – not […]

It may be too good to be understood…

There’s a verse in Andrew Peterson’s ‘The Dark Before the Dawn‘ that gets me every time: I had a dream that I was waking At the burning edge of dawn And I could finally believe The king had loved me all along Over the last year I’ve realised that this has been a struggle for […]

Singing ‘bout my Generation

Returning with full hearts and minds from this year’s cracking Growing Young Disciples Conference we wanted to share some songs that we hope will help disciple Generation Z… (You can listen on our Spotify playlist)  God’s Kingdom Is Here (Michael and the Topsy Turvy Kingdom) Each morning we were blessed by Sam Gibb taking us […]

Standing when all you want to do is rest

Over the past year there have been increasing stories of abuse and bullying in the evangelical church in the UK. It’s not confined to the more public cases in the CofE, but is also found in the independent church. The church is often described as a hospital, after all, Jesus came for those who are […]

Interview – the one where I discuss using songs to disciple kids in the nitty gritty of life…

This is less a blog post, and more a link to a discussion I had on the Faith In Kids (or Faith In Parents) podcast. James Cary and Ed Drew are hosting and we get chatting about how songs can powerfully impact children and help disciple them through the tough times of life. A couple […]

In the House of Tom Bombadil – an unexpected blessing

In the midst of struggle, loss and change God has provided little safe havens along the way. He gives us a moment to breathe, to recoup, to be refreshed. This ruins the pace of a perilous journey, but that is precisely what it is meant to do.

…You see, at just the right moment, God has brought us to the house of Tom Bombadil.