The Sheikh’s son, the Ferrari and the train

Yeah, so .. this gem cropped up on Facebook and I thought I'd share what it brought to mind.  The image is of a humorous exchange between, I am guessing, a fictional Sheikh and his son who is studying abroad. ________________ Son:  Dear Father,  Berlin is wonderful and the people are really nice.  Even though,…Read more The Sheikh’s son, the Ferrari and the train

Sometimes I wish I could just text God …

So, I am sat here, with my damn phone in my hand, and thinking, "I wish I could send a text message to God.  Just to, you know, check in.  Let him know how things are.". Of course, the implied continuation of that thought is, " .. and get a quick reply".  That's the thing…Read more Sometimes I wish I could just text God …

Musical score with word alleluja

Liturgy as a rope to cling to

For some charismatic Christians, the mere mention of "liturgy" could make them feel faint in the head and want to sit down with a glass of water.  Liturgy.  The anti-thesis of spirit-led worship and freedom.  Liturgy.  Dusty.  Dry.  Old fashioned.  Dead. Sister Monica Joan is a character from the popular TV show "Call the midwife",…Read more Liturgy as a rope to cling to

Picture of good looking beardy guy from the "Just Pray" video.

Re-blog: Seven reasons to ban the Lord’s prayer.

The Bishop of Sheffield, Steven Croft, has lashed out (or as much as English Bishops do lash out) in response to cinemas banning a simple video of people reciting the Lord's prayer.  The ban was put in place so that audiences "would not be offended" by the prayer when shown before Star Wars, or something.…Read more Re-blog: Seven reasons to ban the Lord’s prayer.

Praying for the people who persecute us. Is it really possible?

This post has been really difficult to publish.  Terrible things have happened and I don't want to jump on some media bandwagon and take advantage of someone's grief, but I would like to highlight some profound things which have taken place. At about 9pm on June 17th 2015, Cynthia Hurd, 54; Susie Jackson, 87; Ethel…Read more Praying for the people who persecute us. Is it really possible?

My feeble, whispered, faithless prayer …

It's hard to figure out sometimes what is going on when we enter spiritually dry seasons in our lives.  Calling this arid, dusty spiritual time a "Desert Experience" makes it seem somehow noble and worthwhile, almost heroic.  For those going through the desert, it can be an intensely lonely time and desperate time. The Desert…Read more My feeble, whispered, faithless prayer …

Angelina Jolie & Louis Zamperini

Angelina Jolie prayed for the rain to stop. So?

I have to say, I was pretty interested to read in the press about Angelina Jolie praying for the rain to stop during the filming of "Unbroken".   I love this kind of stuff, I really do, but there something much more important I want to write about. This story was the actually last of three…Read more Angelina Jolie prayed for the rain to stop. So?

The Lord’s Prayer 5/5 – Protect us from evil

Part 5. Protect us from evil. This line is translated a few ways NIV: Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. GNT: Do not bring us to hard testing, but keep us safe from the Evil One CEV: Keep us from being tempted and protect us from evil I've put several translations…Read more The Lord’s Prayer 5/5 – Protect us from evil