2 Sam 11:26-12:13a & Ps 51 Back when I was a young, bright thing I bought a pair of flowery ‘dockers’ (Doc Marten boots). Loved ‘em. Wore ‘em loads. I even wore them to an ordination service once. I was in the choir and ‘cos it was a posh do we had to wear robes. I … More “How come I didn’t see that before?”
With clashing of cymbals and banging of drums I am delighted to reveal the cover of a new book, out shortly, featuring Yours Truly. It’s compiled by the lovely Wendy H Jones, author of the bestselling DI Shona McKenzie Mysteries and contains chapters such as: Why Write Children’s Books? Why Write Memoir? Why Write Mystery? … More Who’s in Da House? + New Book!
Have you ever had a ‘continuity error’ in your week? You know: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday [blink], Monday … It happens on a larger scale at the end of the year too. Back-to-school flurry in September, then daughter #2’s birthday, half-term, Bonfire Night [blink], Christmas Eve! When did that happen? Personally, I blame it on … More A Glitch in the Matrix (2 Samuel 6:1-5, 12b-19)
A few weeks ago I went for my second Covid jab at a large vaccination hub. I only vaguely remembered the location from my first time. “No problem”, thinks I, “the sat-nav will know the way.” However, this time I was in a borrowed car with a borrowed sat nav and its maps were out … More Mazes vs Labyrinths (2 Samuel 5:1-10)
Yes, that’s right: ‘sore winner’, not sore loser. Many of us have experienced the terrifying wrath of a four-year-old who can’t cope with losing at snakes and ladders. Some of us will have been that four-year-old, but hopefully most of us grow up and learn to accept that, in every game of winners and losers, … More How not to be a Sore Winner
Activity Making waves! This is great for the sunny outdoors. If you do it indoors, I recommend a tarpaulin! You will need: Paddling pool filled with water Contents of your recycling bin Straws, paper etc Sticky tape & scissors Coins (for ballast) Plastic cups or jugs Pipe cleaners What to do Make a boat from … More Making Waves
1 Samuel 15:34-16:13 [Click here for another post on this passage] Saul and David – what a contrast. Saul the self-serving, greedy king – David, the man after God’s own heart. Saul, the people’s choice – David, chosen by God. Saul, the sinner – David, the saint. But hang on (sound effect of a needle … More He chose … poorly
Doing A common New Testament word we translate as ‘sin’ is ἁμαρτία (hamartia), and it’s used for when you throw a spear but miss the target. So sin is missing God’s target. We can play a game to illustrate this. Have a small area for a ‘hit’ and everything else is a ‘miss’. You will … More 2 Samuel 11:26 – 12:13a – On Top of Mount Stupid
We meet Jesus in the flurry of busy ministry. There are needy people pressing all around him so that he can’t even eat his lunch in peace. Most people would have snapped by now. “Can’t you give me some space?” “Stop grabbing at my clothes!” … More 2 Sam 7:1-14a, Jer 23:1-6, Ps 23, Mk 6:30-34, 53-56 – Sheep Time!
Some folks seem to pack a lot of life into a short time. David certainly did, but for other folks it’s different. Perhaps you look back on a long life and wonder what you have accomplished. Perhaps you look at the years stretching ahead and see a desert of monotony – will anything ever happen? Perhaps you stand in the middle, with the time behind lengthening and the time ahead shortening. … More 2 Samuel 5:1-10 – The What and The Why