Being Brave?

Some time ago I was helping my grandson George into his car seat in the back of my car, when I accidentally banged his head. He started to cry. ‘Come on, George, be brave,’ I said. ‘But I don’t want to be brave,’ he replied. I guess we all know that feeling. Sometimes...

Love and loss during lockdown

During 2020 the experience of lockdown has impacted all we do, and in particular caring for loved ones who are terminally ill, and grieving those who have passed away. My wife Evelyn had been struggling with a recurrence of breast cancer for over four years when she...

Welcome 2020

So the new decade is here. I cannot think about the year 2020 without thinking of Malaysia, a country I came to love deeply during the time we lived there (1975-83), a beautiful country with beautiful people. The reason it comes to mind is because in 1991 the then...

God’s gifted people

Imagine receiving a birthday gift, beautifully wrapped and personalised for you, and then putting it away in a drawer, unopened, unused and forgotten. What a waste, you may think, and how ungrateful that would be. Yet many of us do exactly that with the gifts God has...

The cost of being a disciple

Earlier this week a group of us from church were reflecting on the story of the Rich Young Ruler in Mark 10:17-27. He was the kind of person everyone would love to have in their church – youthful, well-off and influential – and we would have done our best to make him...