I used this lovely poem today for the start of Lent, found on a website full of all kinds of helpful things: https://alifegivinglent.wordpress.com/ I preached on the Mark passage from the lectionary on the connection between Jesus’ identity being affirmed by the Father: This is my son, the beloved. In him I am well pleased,” and […]Read Full Blog Post
We were seeds
I love this Mexican proverb below. It reminds me of the South American Liberation Theology movement which changed so many communities and still influences change makers today. It is a prophetic word that power can come from the margins. It feels to me a saying that many pioneers will understand.Read Full Blog Post
Ministry to “the poor”
I don’t really like or use if I can help it the label “the poor”. People who are lacking in material means are often rich and full in other ways, and have taught me most to what I’ve needed to know about ministry and indeed life in general. However it is at times used as […]Read Full Blog Post
Please be our Administrator!
Admin & IT Support Role at The Upper Room Introduction We are seeking a cheerful, organised, self-starting person with focus and solid office experience and strong administration & IT skills, to work part-time on Wednesdays in our Cirencester town-centre office (no company parking available), to support a small community based charity with a Christian ethos […]Read Full Blog Post
Confession & Penance
I’ve been thinking a bit about confession and penance lately. Not just because it’s coming up to Lent, but more to do with how we begin to re-order our lives after repentance of sin, in order to create new habits and patterns – amendment of life, as the liturgy refers to it. I’m from a […]Read Full Blog Post
I often get asked for book recommendations for pioneering / mission. Here is a list of the best books I’ve read that have been significant on my journey – either helping me to develop my thinking, explore what I’m seeing happen on the ground, material to use at The Upper Room or to use to […]Read Full Blog Post
The Princess and the Pea
I’ve been pondering lately how I / we hear from God, how we seek guidance and wait for her response. I’ve been reviewing previous times when I feel that I did ‘hear’ or understand something being communicated clearly. For hearing or seeing is the only the first part of the mystery – just as complex […]Read Full Blog Post
Dreamers who do / Dreamers who don’t?
The title above is a phrase coined by the guru of pioneers, Jonny Baker. I reflect on it often as it speaks of the phases of pioneering for me: a) dreaming / imagining how life would be, living in the Shalom spoken of in the scriptures and seen embodied in Christ. b) seeing, naming, acknowledging […]Read Full Blog Post
Where are we now?
I haven’t blogged in a while. My marriage broke down a few years ago and its hard to regain perspective. Life is ok again now, but mainly is still day to day and based around good daily habits and practices for living well in the midst of curacy, pioneering and family life. However a few […]Read Full Blog Post
New school year
It’s that time of year again, as summer fades away to misty mornings, conkers and the start of the new academic year. Below are prayers for students and teachers. Please pray for all you know who are returning, to study or to teach, support or lead. Lord Jesus, we ask for Your help as we […]Read Full Blog Post