Collateral damage in the culture war

On the 24th of March, Christianity Today ran a story on a change in the hiring practices of World Vision USA. World Vision is a para-church organisation that is made up of many different church denominations. Some of these churches now perform same-sex marriages, whereas others do not. The single policy change made by WV USA […]

There’s something about Noah

I’m an unashamed fan of the TV show Scrubs. In the first episode, where J.D. (the series protagonist) who is feeling completely out of his depth, feels like he’s found someone who actually cares about his emotional needs; Doctor Bob Kelso (the hospital’s administrator). Towards the end of the episode, when J.D. is at his […]

Faith, family, abuse and disconnection

Please forgive me. This is an incredibly long post, and I’m not sure how to edit it down further. It also paints a rather unflattering portrait of my dad (in particular). This is an unfortunate necessity. I want to stress that it’s not an accurate representation of who my parents are now. Dad has mellowed […]

I’m not who you think I am.

I can see who I used to be, but I have no way to get back there. A couple of months ago I wrote this post, literally getting (almost) naked on the internet. In a sense, I’m about to do it again. I realise that in some ways it could be seen as a career-limiting […]

Shame

God called to the Man: “Where are you?” He said, “I heard you in the garden and I was afraid because I was naked. And I hid.” – Genesis 3:9-10 (MSG) Shame starts early. At least it did for me. This is not a post I want to write, but it’s one I’ve been fighting […]

Starting again

As I mentioned in my last blog post, I’ve spent a large chunk of my life demotivated by fear. Theology isn’t the only thing I’ve avoided discussing because of fear, and it’s not the only thing I’ve avoided doing. The truth is, I’m highly skilled at procrastination, and when you combine that with fear, it’s […]

Finding myself…

When I was in my late teens, a Church Army Officer took me under his wing. When we first met (as he later described it to me), I only knew how to talk about three things: God, Star Trek, and computers. If I joined a conversation that wasn’t about one of these things, it very quickly […]

The exhaustion of depression

This is why depression is so exhausting. You either: a. Give in to the emotions and find yourself feeling like you’re trapped bring thrashed around underwater in rough seas, unable to breathe and hanging on to the hope that you wash up on a beach before you drown… or b. Expend all your energy trying […]

The BIG Picture: Part II

“Sticks and stones will break my bones, But words will never hurt me.” I remember being told this from the time I was very young… but it’s an insidious lie. Sticks can leave scars, and stones can leave bruises, but words can burrow deep into your bones, infecting your soul and festering for years. For […]