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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”
So there I was on the street corner. Looking around I couldn’t see anyone I knew. Or anyone at all. Good. That’s what I’d been after. I’d been here before, but there had been people about. I’d been working up the courage to go into a place like this for some time. Seizing the opportunity… Continue reading “Church” – it’s an intimidating place to go to for the first time, you know?
I’ve said on the blog before that I struggle with social anxiety, but I haven’t written a post specifically about it. So that’s what I’m going to write about today. More specifically, in this post I’m going to turn the clock back twenty years and briefly describe how my social anxiety first developed while I… Continue reading Reflections on Social Anxiety
The church I go to has just started a new sermon series all about mental health, following a short guide called “Livability”. Each chapter of this book looks at a figure from the Bible, and uses their story as a starting point to talk about a particular aspect of mental health such as depression or… Continue reading And my least favourite question to be asked is…
Our survey says… Last autumn I took it upon myself to do a (totally unofficial) survey of how technology is used by the different churches in my town and the surrounding villages. I used Google to draw up a list of all the churches in the area, then working outwards I went through the websites… Continue reading Digital potential, part 1 – the sum is far greater than the individual parts
Its a church with an informal style. Its a Sunday morning. Warm those voices up, its time for singing. Who doesn’t love a good sing? Well… Let the trauma begin At the age of eight I moved to an all-boys school. It was a private school, which meant school days were a weird length (we… Continue reading Church culture, part 1 – the joy of singing?
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