Wednesday Riff: To Connect

It’s what we want, What we need, The longing of our living. To know and be known, To understand and be understood. To draw close and not be rejected, To …

Monday Rewrite: The Cave

Imagine the scene, a gloomy cave in the middle of nowhere, and a power player desperate to relieve himself. Maybe he ate the wrong things the night before, or the …

Wednesday Riff: Sure Foundation

Nothing can separate us from God’s love for us, Nothing can drive a wedge between us and his care. The happenings of each day can’t, Nor the restless fears at …

Monday Rewrite: A Lost E-pistle from Rahab

top-pro@citywall.ex-jericho to joshua@conqueringhero.jericho-rubble Dear Sir Just wanted to thank you for saving my life. And for honouring your promise and preserving my family too. When your boys knocked on my …

Monday Rewrite: A Lost E-pistle from Rahab

top-pro@citywall.ex-jericho to joshua@conqueringhero.jerichorubble Dear Sir Just wanted to thank you for saving my life. And for honouring your promise and preserving my family too. When your boys knocked on my …

Wednesday Riff: For You

For you we want to live and love, And work and care and worship. In you we find our meaning, Identity, worth and purpose. With you we make it through …

Film Friday: Hook

I was reading this week about David fighting Goliath. (In Pete Wilcox’s book Walking the Walk.) In 1 Samuel 17, David refused to wear the king’s armour, which was a …

Monday Rewrite: A New Start

Like so many, she was trying to construct a life from things she found in the market stalls. And she had a gift for it, no doubt. Spotting the best …

Film Friday: A Call to Spy

Due out in October this new film tells the true story of the network of spies established early in World War two in occupied France. ‘Spymistress’ Vera Atkins is commissioned …

Wednesday Riff: New Song

Whispered, chanted, hummed, Blasted, sung or mumbled, A tune for bad and good singers, A new song, another kind of music. Lyrics laced with fresh poetry, Coursing through our being, …

Monday rewrite: Two Experts

Jesus looks at him, sees beyond the public face, hears the unspoken questions. ‘What are life’s most important rules,’ the man had asked, seeing if his question could upend this …

Monday Rewrite: The Word

Once upon a time, in the beginning, a story was told, a Word was heard. And the Word was Hope. And this Word had legs, and a voice, and a …

Film Friday: First and Last

I finally rediscovered this film this week. I had been trying to track it down for years, an 80’s TV movie about a near-60 year old, desperate to walk from …

Wednesday Riff: 21st Century Homesick Blues

Laughter, joy and faithfulness, Helping others more or less, Dignity, truth, respect, Conversation, kindness. Trust, love, a little hope, Trying to do our best, Sharing peace and friendship When we’re …

Wednesday Riff: In Love

Those who live in love Live in God, and God in them. It’s hard at times to have the desire, The courage, the understanding, The intention, the energy, To know …

Monday Rewrite: Nazareth Man

Well, he came walking out of the desert,With a humble purpose burning in his eye,A man on a mission, a small town boyReady to live and die.Well, he walked through …

I believe, help me…

Taking some time out from my usual creative posts this week I read a little of Pete Greig’s book God on Mute, and it led me to reflect again on the …

Jaws for Thought

A lighthearted tail of something or nothing. Barely an anecdote really, yet also about fears we hold and the way talking with another can sometimes help… The great fish moved …

Wednesday Riff: Strength

Be still Not easy to stop, to slow down, To stay ourselves, To put aside the needs, Pressures and distractions, For a minute or two… And know Set deep down …

Film Friday: BlacKkKlansman

When new cop Ron Stallworth starts work for the Colorado police department he decides to call up the Ku Klux Klan and ask to join them. However he neglects to …

Wednesday Riff: Mirrors

Dusty, cobwebbed, smeary, There are cracks and a few chips, Yet we’re still able to reflect His glory. His light bouncing off us to others, His image, His promise of …

Monday Rewrite: Chaos

You know how it is when your life feels out of control. Others seem to have got hold of the reins and they’re steering you off course, moving the furniture …

Film Friday: Mickey Blue Eyes

There is a scene in this gangster comedy that I’ve always loved. Michael goes with his mobster prospective father-in-law to meet another couple of goodfellas, and in doing so he …

Wednesday Riff: Muscle Memory

Those actions we do that become Instinctive, responsive, behavioural. Now there’s a thought, a longing, a goal, a prayer… … to develop good habits, Good muscle memory, Especially when it …

Monday Rewrite: The Movie Makers

There were three filmmakers who created a brilliant, dark, complex, funny, inspiring, moving, nuanced, difficult, lengthy, insightful film. Many people saw it and discussed it and there were as many …

Film Friday: Rush

In the hot summer of 1976 two men kept climbing into cars, and chasing each other around a track. One was a party animal, with a hankering for the good …

Monday Rewrite: A New Normal

You know how it is when change happens, often unexpectedly. The floor shifts a little, and the world goes out of focus a bit. Suddenly the old seems so friendly …

Wednesday Rewrite: Only You

Only you set our worlds in motion, And understand the way we tick, The rising and falling of our emotions, The mood swings and battles we fight. Only you know …

Monday Rewrite: A Different Strength

You know how it is when you have everything mapped out, and you’ve made all your plans and your future’s right there like a tidy shed. Everything where you want …

Film Friday: The Martian

When a storm hits the planet Mars the group of astronauts exploring the place are forced to head back for their ship so they can escape. However, in the ensuing …

Wednesday Riff: Name

There is a name, An umbrella name, Unlike any other. A place of shelter from the storm, Portable and present In every place, every time, every age, Large enough for …

Monday Rewrite: Emptiness

Sometimes all we have is our emptiness. Our struggles and humanity. The weak bits. Like a jigsaw with every other piece missing. Like a car with no wheels. A hero …

Film Friday: Wimbledon

Peter Colt is on his last legs. Well, his last tennis legs anyway. He’s giving up after one more year at Wimbledon, expecting to bow out in the first round. …

Wednesday Riff: Heroes

Has anyone seen a hero today? So many continue their missions quietly, Covert agents of compassion, Armed with a smile and a kind word, Putting themselves out for others. Not …

Monday Rewrite: Steps

He walks through the streets, the lanes, the highways and tracks of our towns and cities and country places, in the imprints and trails we have made,  sometimes noticed sometimes …

A Few Short Thoughts

He was never in a hurry. In spite of limited time and a world of possibilities he chose his steps carefully and prioritised time with His Father. Maybe that’s why …

Wednesday Riff: Our Times

Our times are in your hands, Our days, our nights, The fleeting moments and long days, The times of waiting and the times we savour. Our times are in your …