Who needs another book about prayer when there’s already so many? But this one’s got a chapter called, “Yellow Card”, and others called, “Lord, I can’t find you”, “Not about duty”, and “Let it all out”, so there’s something different about it. This book doesn’t tell you the right way to pray. Rather it describes lots of different ways, and deals with awkward questions
This tree has attitude. It won’t let disaster defeat it. Whatever storm blew it down couldn’t suppress its will to survive. It said, If I can’t be a tree any more, then I’ll be a forest!
What language does God speak? If it’s ancient Hebrew, I’m stumped and can’t pray! God isn't bound by language and doesn't judge our grammar and vocabulary.
“walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work” Walking. It’s a human thing. On the day we start walking we stop being defined as babies. As a species we are unique in the way we walk. We stand tall, looking forward, looking far and near, and noticing things. We … Continue reading We walk
Who, in these days, believes in devils?I do! But, even if I didn’t, experience tells me that temptation is real. We can ignore temptation, or we can resist it, but we can never avoid it. That’s what makes C. S. Lewis's classic masterpiece as relevant today as the time when he wrote it. He wrote … Continue reading Screwtape
These three occasions, when a voice spoke to Jesus from the sky, mark stages in the Gospel story when Jesus understood and accepted the destination of his ministry. He wasn’t was born knowing the full script for his life. He was born as a normal, human baby lying helpless in a cattle trough – then he learned his destiny by stages.
When people turn to prayer as a last resource, they are being logical. It’s as reasonable as gasping in a quick breath and swimming along a flooded passageway to find an uncertain escape route. It’s better than giving up. Prayer in hopelessness contains an improbable grain of hope.
We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. Hebrews 6:19 (NIV) Optional How restrictive is an anchor? Not much. It’s an optional item of marine equipment, but not in the sense that it’s dispensable. It would be a foolhardy sailor who set out without one. But an anchor doesn’t get … Continue reading Shackle, Stake, or Anchor?
Years ago, I was taught that the Transfiguration was the fulfilment of Jesus' promise that some disciples would see him "coming into his kingdom". I felt dissatisfied with that explanation - but now I see the point.
DispiritedThe movement was slight, but the new manager glimpsed it from the corner of his eye as the HR Director ushered him in to meet his staff. Girls who were lounging on their desks, had suddenly straightened up. Sales were low, morale was low, and the staff were bored and dispirited... But, move the scene … Continue reading What a thing is Faith!