“Look what you have done!” Perhaps you heard this often as a child, having made a mistake or acted clumsily or not thought through the consequences of your actions. Or maybe you are a parent who has used this statement all too frequently. Well, I’ve been saying this a lot recently. Admittedly, I am a […]Read More Look What You Have Done!
As I reflected over the Easter period, I was struck by two different perspectives of the well-known Easter narrative. Each describe a test of faith, and each have relevance in our own faith journeys two millennia later. The first, is that of Jesus Christ, Himself. A.W. Tozer said, “True obedience is the refusal to compromise […]Read More A Tale of Two Tests
A few months ago I celebrated my 32nd birthday. My parents made their first trip to visit me in Germany and we enjoyed traditional German food and plenty of sight-seeing around the province of Hessen. As messages of congratulations flew in from friends all over the world, I noted the occasional hint of awkwardness or […]Read More The Worst Kept Secret
In J.R.R. Tolkein’s tale, The Hobbit, a company of dwarves led by Thorin, the heir to the throne, embark on a quest to reclaim their home in the vast caves of the Lonely Mountain. Now housing a greedy dragon, the dwarves have little hope of re-entering the mountain and defeating the dragon unless they enter […]Read More The Hidden Door
In church, we are currently journeying through the book of Philippians together, considering, last week, Christ’s example of humility (Philippians 2:1-11). As part of his introduction, the Pastor quoted C.S. Lewis: “Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it’s thinking of yourself less.” It was not the first time I had heard or read that quote. […]Read More Humility: Redefined.
I returned from New York City in December 2014, just days before Christmas, having completed a four-month internship programme with Metro World Child. I arrived back in my home city with little idea of what would happen next; having felt that the season I was in was not yet over. Having been asked to be […]Read More The Catalyst for Answered Prayer
No, I’m not talking about fast-food (although, admittedly, I did enjoy a few tasty dishes last year), I’m referring to the lessons and threads of grace that God wove through my life in the last twelve months. These lessons are on-going, and in no way ‘complete’; no doubt I’ll have to resit a test or […]Read More My Top 5 Takeaways from 2018
I have always believed in the existence of God and His role in the creation of humanity; it was what I was taught as a young child, having attended Sunday school each week, and it is what I read for myself in the Bible as I grew up and explored the ideas for myself. However […]Read More A Crisis of Faith
A few weeks ago I was asked to share a testimony at church. The opportunity thrilled me and I was grateful to have the chance to share a little of my heart with my new church family. But then I hesitated, as I carefully typed my reply to my pastor… “Sure. In English or German?” […]Read More Do It Anyway