After another period of silence (!), at last – a blog! These past days have been a time where I’ve had to let my right knee recover – it probably didn’t sound much when I blogged that a child on the ferry had kicked my right ankle sideways, but if you’ve got duff knees, or if you’re a medic, you’ll know that even the slightest tweak can be pretty damaging. It’s still very painful, but I’m looking at getting back on the road again in the very near future. Why ‘Celebration Day’? January 18th, 1979, was the day of my
Most of the ‘celebration’ events in the United Kingdom last a day – Guy Fawkes Night, Shrove Tuesday, etc., or even a weekend – Easter, August Bank Holiday – and the build up is minimal, and then they’re over. Christmas seems to last forever – months before (Christmas shops open around September), the madness of shopping – enough food for a 6 weeks internment! – and then – it’s gone. I don’t know about you, but with Christmas on a Thursday, and Boxing Day Friday, today really feels like it should be Monday. It’s the only annual event that messes
Well, a gruelling journey home is finally over! It was ‘interesting’! Left Romania 4 am Saturday, the first 90 minutes was great as there’s a motorway that – one day??! – should go to the border…the bit of the road that isn’t motorway yet is almost exactly as it was when we first drove in with trucks 25 years ago: 2 lanes, narrow steep, deep ditches either side, there a frequently huge lorries – artics here in UK, 18 wheel semis in USA (don’t know about Australia!!) over on their sides in the ditches, no cats eyes (anywhere in Europe,
You’d have to be of a certain age to know the title of this post! It was the name of a (tv or radio?) programme back in the old days (actually it was ‘that was the WEEK that was’), but for me, and I know for many people in ministry, it certainly has been some year. Before typing any more, I will issue my usual apology for the lack of posts here: I’ve said before, that I don’t want to keep writing the same thing in posts just for the sake of one appearing in your inbox, or on Facebook.
A few days ago, on Facebook, I posted a video of a wonderful miracle. It was from Bethel Church, Redding California, and a man – a friend – James Moloney was speaking. The amazing thing about James is that he’s a highly highly qualified theologian, Bible Teacher, minister – but often, he never gets to ‘preach’ because he has such amazing words of knowledge which, once they start coming to him, just continue! I hunger for that gifting more in my life! This clip, with James, speaks for itself: https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10152767044880930 This dear man was healed of so many things. Why?
A very, very dear friend of mine had his new book advertised on Facebook today. There is a plethora of Christian books, many of them worthy of reading, some perhaps not quite so… this friend, Dr David Chaput de Saintonge, and his lovely wife, Gail, have walked a path these last few years that would have destroyed many people: they’ve done it with a deep rooted joy the most evident thing in both of them if you were to meet them (or you’ll agree,I’m sure, if you know them). David is a Doctor, a teacher of doctors, and a marvellous
In less that a couple of months’ time, I’ll have been ‘in ministry’ full time – whatever that word ministry means – for 36 years. Right at the outset, when the ‘call’ came from God, money – for me – was a big factor – as I’d quit a job in banking to go full-time. For the next few years, I had a ‘notional’ salary, working for Youth for Christ: but I only got that notional salary if I’d raised the money through churches and individual support for our work. Then the big ‘crunch’ came – at the end of
Wow…. it’s like Christmas here today! After 2½ weeks of having to take my laptop to McDonalds (thank you, McD’s for free wi-fi!!), I’ve got internet where I’m living here in Romania!! Yeahhh!! Feels like the shackles have come off, especially as my laptop battery is completely shot, and, when fully charged, completely runs out in about 55 minutes… :(. But, no more! I’m plugged in, switched on… It’s been a good trip here, so totally different to Colombia, (where, as I haven’t been able to update my diary on the website, you might think I am!). I’m NOT in
Where did that expression come from? ‘The bets laid plans of mice and men…’? Comedian Eddie Izzard does a very sketch about it…. One of the things I’ve tried to learn over the years is to be ready when God suddenly seems to come up with a change of direction, and to be ready to move where he seems to be redirecting me. You don’t need me to tell you (if you’re a regular blog reader) how much I love Colombia! Originally, in 12 days from now, I’d have been planning the final bits of the trip to one of my favourite places on
As you know, I’m not one for posting a great deal of trite (tripe??!) information on Facebook, or here, hence the ‘silence’ again and lack of blog posts… not because I can’t be bothered, it’s just that I’m fairly sure you don’t want to know what I had for lunch, or how many times I went to the loo , or other such world-changing information…. So, I’m sort of ‘back in harness’ now, after the traumas of late August, and my hospitalisation after the delightful pulmonary embolism saga….I THOUGHT I might be in action in Romania, but in truth, it