LAID BARE (Life in a Time of Lockdown 11)

At the start of the lockdown, one of our cherished church members acutely observed that ‘this is a good time for us to get to know ourselves.’ How right she was. I think we have learned more about ourselves during this difficult time and discovered more about what we are really made of. Psalm 139 […]

THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX (Life in a Time of Lockdown 10)

On display in the Bell Laboratories in Jersey, USA, is a box which always attracts a lot of attention. On the side of the box there is a toggle switch which, when turned ‘on’, causes a hand to appear from inside the box that switches the machine ‘off’ again before disappearing back inside the box. […]

SHAKEN-NESS (Life in a Time of Lockdown 9)

Springwatch has just finished for another year. This is sad for my sister, Livy, as she is a big fan of the programme’s presenter, the naturalist Chris Packham. He has said in the Guardian recently, speaking of life before Covid-19, that ‘the way we were living was unsustainable.’ Whilst not as big a fan as […]

BLACK LIVES MATTER (Life in a Time of Lockdown 8)

When I became a Christian in 1960 – I was 16 years of age and from a non-Christian background – I soon learned that I had to start to change a lot of my views and opinions as God began to convict me of lots of skewed views I had taken on board even in […]

TIME TO GO PUBLIC (Life in a Time of Lockdown 7)

The Day of Pentecost was the day that the apostles left The Upper Room. They had been waiting hidden away for 10 days doing what Jesus had told them to do – to ‘wait for the gift my father promised’ (Acts 1:4). Then the Feast of Pentecost came, and with it the promised gift: ‘They […]

A PLACE OF PREPARATION (Life in a Time of Lockdown 6)

There are 10 days between Ascension Day and the Day of Pentecost. Luke tells us that after Jesus was ‘taken up into heaven’ the apostles left the Mount of Olives and went back to Jerusalem and ‘devoted themselves to prayer’ (Acts 1:11,14). I have often wondered how those first followers of Jesus must have felt […]

THE TIMES, THEY ARE A-CHANGING (Life in a Time of Lockdown 5)

Bob Dylan is an American singer-songwriter, author, and visual artist who has been a major figure in popular culture for more than 50 years. Much of his most celebrated work dates from the 1960s, when songs such as ‘Blowin’ in the Wind’ (1963) and ‘The Times, They Are a-Changin’ (1964) became anthems for the civil rights and anti-war movements. His lyrics during […]

DON’T LOSE ‘THE WHY’ (Life in a Time of Lockdown 4)

On Sunday morning at 6.50 a.m. today (so you’ve missed it) I was on BBC Radio Berkshire. I am on a rota for the ‘What I Have Learned This Week’ feature, but this week I am doing the ‘My Favourite Hymn/Faith Song’ slot. I found it hard to think of a favourite hymn/faith song. Do […]

IT’S ANDY … ARE YOU WAVING TO HIM? (Life in a Time of Lockdown 3)

A visiting preacher was giving the Children’s Address as part of the Sunday Morning Service. He asked the boys and girls if they would like to hear a story? ‘Tell us about Andy!’ a little boy shouted out immediately. ‘Well’ replied the Preacher, ‘I hadn’t planned on telling you a story about Andy, I was […]

THE WAITING GAME (Life in a Time of Lockdown 2)

So there I was, sitting in my office in Hampton, waiting for Julia, whilst at exactly the same time Julia was sitting in her office in Twickenham waiting for me! It was 30 years ago and we were both working in Estate Agency at the time. It was one of our first dates and we […]