My Dad and Covid-19 – Back to say a quick word of thanks……

Growing up in England, manners are huge. We learn early in life to say “please” and “thank you”. We had to call older people uncle / aunty as a sign of respect. It isn’t until I was older that I realized I had actual aunts and uncles and others who were simply older people IContinue reading “My Dad and Covid-19 – Back to say a quick word of thanks……”

My dad has Covid – 5 things God is showing me # 5 – Don’t wait to say what needs to be said

I finished my last post with this challenge: “Life is short, live with that truth in mind”.  If you have been reading my posts you know that I went through a time in my life where I didn’t want anything to do with God or the church.  I have been thinking about my dad aContinue reading “My dad has Covid – 5 things God is showing me # 5 – Don’t wait to say what needs to be said”

# 3 – Humility leads us to connect with other’s grief.

I think one of the most important prayers we can pray, especially with all that’s going on is this, God want are you trying to show us and leads us to in this time? I recently heard the story of a young couple who moved into a new house. The young wife came downstairs theContinue reading “# 3 – Humility leads us to connect with other’s grief.”

A Christian’s response to racism in the church – # 2 – I growingly realize how my racial experiences or lack of experiences shape my convictions and perceptions

I have to be honest with that reality in order to really listen to others who have had very different experiences. I don’t want to minimize racial issues in the church just because I’ve only seen a few examples. I love and appreciate my friends but to all who are quoting the numbers of African-American’sContinue reading “A Christian’s response to racism in the church – # 2 – I growingly realize how my racial experiences or lack of experiences shape my convictions and perceptions”

Racism and Christianity #1

I am a white man – but I don’t speak for anyone but me I am a Christian – but I don’t speak for any other Christians – just me – I was born in England – and I grew up in a multi cultural area –But I don’t speak for anyone else but me.Continue reading “Racism and Christianity #1”

My dad has Covid – 5 things God is showing me – # 4 – Life is short – Life is a gift

My dad continues to slowly recover from the coronavirus. He has now been allowed to return to the nursing home he’s been living in for the last few years. Amazing! Some who have recovered from Covid, who are about the same age as my dad, have taken 6-8 weeks to recover. Thanks for all who’veContinue reading “My dad has Covid – 5 things God is showing me – # 4 – Life is short – Life is a gift”

My Dad has Covid – 5 things God is showing me # 3 – We need more than life can offer.

I grew up in a Christian family in Bristol, England. When I was little, going to church was as normal as going to school. My extended family all went to the same church.  I distinctly remember the point as a child coming to realize that everyone didn’t grow up like me. Many people didn’t attendContinue reading “My Dad has Covid – 5 things God is showing me # 3 – We need more than life can offer.”

My dad has Covid – 5 things God is showing me # 2 – God is close –

My dad continues to be seriously ill but stable as he battles Covid: 19. My mum said this morning that they even had a little conversation which is huge progress!! The first thing that God has been showing me through this time is that I can trust Him even when I don’t understand him. TheContinue reading “My dad has Covid – 5 things God is showing me # 2 – God is close –”

Thought # 2 – Be in relationship with your teen – part 1 devices –

The awesome thing about being a Christian is that we can have a relationship with God. In many places God refers to Himself as our Father. How incredible is it that we get to call the most powerful, most loving, and most knowing person in the universe Father? We can be in a relationship withContinue reading “Thought # 2 – Be in relationship with your teen – part 1 devices –”

Five thoughts about parenting teens: Thought # 1 – Respect

13 – 13 – 13  This past week our youngest child turned 13. That also means we have been parenting teens for 13 years! Sometimes we think we’ve got this parenting teen thing figured out, but many times we feel like we are still very much  learning.  I have also been a youth pastor forContinue reading “Five thoughts about parenting teens: Thought # 1 – Respect”