Category Archives: Articles

Learning to coach

I can’t quite remember when I first came across coaching as a leadership concept but it has been one of those ideas that has slowly invaded my thinking. Last year I read a short taster book on coaching and I began to think some more. This

All the ones that didn’t stay

I may have said this before but church planting, and church leadership generally, can be tough. As I heard Andrew Wilson say, with reference to Mark 6:48, it can be like rowing a boat into a headwind. Painstakingly slow. You need a tough skin and

Another great book link list

I seem to have over the past few weeks collected a sizeable collection of links to the writing, reading, owning and consuming of books. It seems of the linking to reading there is no end (well, after 13 of them in this post there is)

Jesus the exorcist

Not far from my house is a field. One early summer as I was riding past it on a Sunday morning I noticed that the field had marquees up and thousands of Ethiopians had descended on the field. Curiosity got the better of me and I

Tricky questions about the Exodus

I love it when someone in my church asks me tricky questions about the Bible. It tells me that firstly they’re reading it, secondly they want to understand it, thirdly they’re prepared to wrestle with the text. More questions please. Here are some I was

How did life on earth begin?

When it comes to questions about the earth’s origins many Christians remain quiet in the face of hostility towards the idea of a Creator being behind the whole thing. Yet it’s worth knowing that the other side should also display a certain amount of humility

Confused about: Sexuality

This is fourth in a series of articles showing how western society has become confused about issues relating to human relationships. We are  (i) confused about children , (ii) confused about sex and (iii) confused about gender. Sexuality is generally understood to be the area surrounding our sexual desires

Body matters

It is a universal truth so obvious that it goes unsaid but here it is: 100% of all humans, in every country, of every race, of both genders and throughout all of human history, every single one has had….wait for it…a body. The debate, in