The Things That Keep Me Well

Today is Time To Talk Day.  It’s a pretty simple idea… talk about your mental health. So why a picture of a dog and a record? Well, because talking about your mental health isn’t always about talking about the things that are wrong, although that’s hugely important.  Mental health is something we all have.  Sometimes, Read More …

Qualified

So, after three years of study my diploma arrived in the post today.  I kew I had passed but I didn’t know I had passed with merit!  I’m not altogether sure what that means.  Probably an average of over 60%. To say I’m pleased would be an understatement.  I’m delighted.  I loved my time studying Read More …

miles and miles and miles

A half marathon is 13.1 miles or 21km for those of your who are metrically minded. Except it’s not really. At 43 years old you can’t really just rock up at the start line and expect to survive that length of run.  So you train.  You run 4 times a week for months.  You start Read More …

Running for Annis

  My brother-in-law Scott and I have decided to run the Great Scottish Run Half Marathon on 4th October in Glasgow in memory of my mum, Annis.  We’re raising funds for Macmillan Cancer Care, a charity very close to my mum’s heart.  She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1999 and secondary cancer in 2013. Read More …

A butterfly church?

I wrote this provocation paper a couple of days after the referendum for a conference called ‘Where Church and Kingdom Collide’.  I then presented a second version at the conference.  I’d love to hear your thoughts, not so much on the referendum, but on the lessons it might have for the church. The Ripples of Read More …

Creating community around coffee and art

There are times when you stumble across something really quite special. In the middle of a break on the Isle of Skye, Avril and I rounded a corner on a single track road in  and instantly recognised a wooden house which was featured on the TV show Grand Designs.  I’m going to try to explain Read More …