Christmas is for the children

“Christmas is for the children.” Certainly it’s true that children embrace Advent and Christmas in a way that few adults are able to do. And little wonder, when there’s so much for them to get excited about! There’s the timeless story of the Nativity, with the shepherds and the angels, the wise men and the star, Mary & Joseph journeying […]

Materials for Advent and Christmas

Prompted by Tanya Marlow’s Advent Resources 2016 post, I thought I’d share some of the things I read and watch and listen to during Advent and Christmas. Even if none strike a particular chord, perhaps you could consider what might help you journey intentionally through the coming season? Email series Each Advent since 2013 I have […]

Advent reading

There are lots of great Advent books out there, written by authors far better than me. But if you’re still looking for something to read during the Advent season, how about As a Child: God’s Call to Littleness? After all, at a time when we remember and celebrate the Incarnation – when God “made himself nothing […]

Interview (a lesson in littleness)

I had a job interview yesterday. It didn’t go well! I left my last job a few months ago, having decided it was time for a  change. I intentionally left without another role to go to, in order to take a bit of a break (after 30 years of work) and to make the time […]

Wonder Moon

It surely can’t have escaped your notice that tonight there is to be a supermoon. This phenomenon occurs when a full moon coincides with the Moon’s closest approach to the earth, causing it to appear bigger and brighter than usual. Tonight the full moon will be closer to earth than it has been since 1948, generating […]

In days like these?

In my book and on this blog and through my daily life, I try to encourage us to all to become more childlike. Indeed, perhaps more than encourage – urge even – because it is, I believe, absolutely vital for us as individuals and as a society. But how can we be childlike in days […]

Remember, remember!

Remember, remember! The fifth of November, The Gunpowder treason and plot; I know of no reason Why the Gunpowder treason Should ever be forgot! On the night of 4th November 1605, following a tip-off, a search was made of the undercroft beneath the House of Lords. There the search party discovered a man, later identified […]

The smaller we are…


A time to play

On Saturday my wife and I went round to see friends for an evening of Strictly Come Dancing for the ‘girls’ and racing simulator games for the ‘boys’. (Yes, I know that sounds like terrible gender stereotyping, but there it is.) Truth be told, I am not a great fan of computer and video games. I […]

A little note to the grown-ups…

This little note appeared on a board outside a playground at the local park I visited the other day (see previous post): Life is full of challenges and we want to help  children grow into strong, healthy and confident adults. This play equipment has lots of opportunities to teach children how to take measured risks […]

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