6 Highlights from Alpha

Every Tuesday for the last two and a half months or so, I have been going along to an Alpha course at my local church. We followed the Alpha Youth Series where every week we would watch a short video and pause at different points to talk through questions in small groups about the Christian […]

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Cycling Out of the Comfort Zone by Charles Guilhamon – BOOK REVIEW

This is SPCK’s pick of the month for their book club – I have been reading it throughout the month of October and it has been one wild ride… As someone who has travelled independently on a gap year, studied Geography with International Relations and loves to meet different people, this book really appealed to […]

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An interview with Joel Preston – leadership, youth work and discipleship

It was great to catch up with Joel Preston who I met during my training year with South West Youth Ministries. We talked about his heart for young people, leading well and gave some top tips along the way. Thanks for joining us here Joel! Tell us a bit about you! (your faith journey, background […]

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A Different Perspective

How I miss the days before social media. I feel that I need to insert an obligatory ‘yes, it is a great way to keep in touch with people and it has other benefits and I am probably not going to delete my accounts’. The very fact that I am able to share this blog […]

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An interview with ‘Freed From Shame’ author Dawn Holmes

It was wonderful to speak to Dawn Holmes who wrote ‘Freed From Shame’, a book about addressing the stigma of mental illness in the church. I wrote a book review about her debut book here. She runs various talks and workshops with co-author Karen Todd – one of which was hosted by Bridge Books in Exeter. […]

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Freed From Shame by Dawn Holmes (with Karen Todd) – BOOK REVIEW

‘Freed From Shame’ is a book about addressing the stigma of mental illness in the church where one in every four people each year are affected. Written with compassion and understanding, it shows practical ways forward for coming alongside those who are struggling. The book is divided into three parts: ‘Understanding mental health‘ which gives […]

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Same Sex Relationships by John Stott – Book Review

The topic of same sex relationships is something that I tend to shy away from. I feel ill-equipped to discuss it with a fear of offending others without meaning to, so much so that I have been putting off writing this review for longer than I intended. Most people, whether Christian or not, LGBT or […]

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When Good Friday Doesn’t Seem Good

Hot cross buns have been toasted and eaten. The church service was amazing – there was a goat and it peed in the aisle (more on the goat later). Across the country, many are celebrating Good Friday. As Christians we remember that Jesus Christ died a horrible death by crucifixion. Doesn’t sound good does it? […]

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Two questions I don’t like to answer

In the culture that I live in, there are two questions that I have struggled to answer in recent years. I know that people don’t ask these questions to be malicious (I don’t think…), but these are common questions that get bounced around often in social circles. Let’s kick off with… ‘What do you do?’ […]

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