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At the end of January I finished a couple of books I’ve had on the go for ages – Hind’s Feet on High Places by Hannah Hurnard, and a collection of stories by the Victorian author George MacDonald entitled Evenor. Both books contain allegories: Hind’s Feet is a Christian allegory from first to last, and… Continue reading Allegories, Fantasies and… Passenger to Frankfurt?
Some time ago, when I first started my blog, I mentioned that I was going to try on-line dating to try and meet a special someone. It’s now over a year and a half later. Did I give it a go, and how did it turn out? The short answers are “yes” – and that… Continue reading On-line dating: some observations from my experience with it
Writing a blog for a year and a bit has been a positive experience. I’ve not been the most prolific of writers – there are only 15 posts on the blog at the moment including this one. I’ve certainly found it a learning curve… I’ve enlisted my friend Mewlton, an Origami cat, to help me… Continue reading The Writer Emergeth (guest-starring Mewlton the Origami cat)
When I finished university I went back to live in the town where I grew up. It was a medium-sized town, and we lived right on the edge of it. On one side was a succession of housing estates, followed by the town centre. On the other side was the countryside, followed by a number… Continue reading Countryside, Town and City – A Diversity of Diversity
Some words have an expiry date. Culture moves on, old meanings get lost or new meanings get added, and what was once a good word to use no longer fits the bill. Over the last couple of years I’ve become aware of a couple of words that are still “in” in Christian sub-culture (at least… Continue reading Language, Church Sub-culture and the Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles
Some time ago I came across a book from 2016 that piqued my interest – The Invisible Church by Dr. Steve Aisthorpe. After twelve years out in the Far East, he returned to the village in the Highlands of Scotland where his Christian faith had first developed – and found to his surprise that a… Continue reading A Book Review of “The Invisible Church”, by Steve Aisthorpe
In the autumn the church I attend decided to make a pre-recorded “program” for the children to watch with their parents on a Sunday morning. Recently, I was asked if I would like to contribute and produce some artwork to illustrate the story of Jonah. I like having an opportunity to use my skills, and… Continue reading Animating “Jonah”
On Friday morning I came across an article on Business Insider . It was based on the results of a study called “How many hours does it take to make a friend?”, which looked into how long friendships at different levels of closeness take to form. The “how” of making friends is something I’ve thought… Continue reading The length of time it takes to make friends
History is usually measured in years. But what if the passage of time is measured in a different way? In this post I want to share a simple idea I found staggering when I first came across it. Instead of measuring history in years, what happens if it is measured in generations? On the surface… Continue reading Measuring History: Change of Units, Change of Perspective
Last year I got a call from someone from a church small group I used to go to. Like a lot of church groups we had taken it in turns to lead Bible study series. Even though I don’t hold any academic theology qualifications, they had liked the style of the studies I had written… Continue reading Interesting Theology: “Theophany” and “The Angel of the LORD”
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