Faith is unpredictable

“Faith cannot be taught by any method of instruction; we can only teach religion.  We can know about religion, but we can only expand in faith, act in faith , live in faith.  Faith can be inspired within a community of faith, but it cannot be given to one person by another.  Faith is expressed, […]

Questions of faith

“God created man in his own image. And man, being a gentleman, returned the favour.”Jean Jacques Rousseau “If you comprehend it, it is not God.”Saint Augustine (354-430)

The Realm of Possibility & the World of Accountancy

>I have just started reading a book called “The Art of Possibility” – which talks about us living in the “realms of possibility” as opposed to living at “Measurement central” governed by “survival thinking”. The authors, Zander and Zander write: “In the realm of possibility we gain our knowledge by invention. We decide that the […]

Nota Beans

>Nota bene from Rev Ruth’s blog about preaching: The Church Times is talking about preaching this week. The College of Preachers (of which I am a paid-up member, don’t you know?) commissioned a study into preaching at various denominations. 17% said that they frequently heard sermons that made them change their lifestyles. In my humble […]


> Miroslav Volf in Free of Charge (subtitled “Giving and Forgiving in a Culture Stripped of Grace” expands on the theme of God the Giver who continues to give in a world inclining towards “gracelessness”. He speaks of faith: Faith is not something we give to God. In that case, faith would be a work, […]


One of the greatest acts of faith is to believe that the few years we live on this earth are like a seed planted in a very rich soil. For this seed to bear fruit, it must die.. How different would our life be were we truly able to trust that it multiplied in being […]


[Faith] is not a well-fluffed nest, or a well-defended castle high on a hill. It is more like a rope bridge over a scenic gorge, sturdy but swinging back and forth, with plenty of light and plenty of air but precious little to hang on to except the stories you have heard…All you have to […]