Love and knowledge embrace one another

Sam Wells suggests that it is very hard to believe “that if someone truly knows you, they will truly understand and love you.” That is because of the sense of shame that we feel. Sam Wells is reflecting on Psalm 139 which begins with the words “You have searched me and known me.” He points […]

The work of forgiveness

Forgiveness doesn’t change the past, but it releases us from the power of the past. Forgiveness doesn’t rewrite history. But it prevents our histories from asphyxiating us. Fundamentally, forgiveness transforms our past from an enemy to a friend, from a horror-show of shame to a storehouse of wisdom. In the absence of forgiveness we’re isolated […]

Politics

Politics is not just a tiresome consequence of human shortcomings, it is an ongoing conversation about how to bring out and empower the ocean of different gifts and talents in a community. It is not about the limited money in people’s pockets, it is about the limitless potential in their hearts and minds and souls […]

Strangers

We have heard it said “beware of strangers” – usually because of what they are liable to take – our jobs, our women, our money. The Bible encourages us to welcome the stranger. Many are mentioned in the Bible as people who are welcomed as gifts from God (like Melchizedek, Pharoah, Ruth, Queen of Sheba, […]

Magic moments

Two chance encounters to report. Shopping for food someone comes up to me and says “You married us 25 years ago today. We have just been out to lunch to celebrate”. He then brought his wife Julie over to say “hello”. They could have just passed me by and then dismissed the incident with a […]