Looking for a Saviour: Solar Power and Lorde’s spiritual quest

In the summer of 2017, we took a family holiday to France. One of the albums we played on repeat as we drove was Lorde’s Melodrama. It’s a beautiful, moody, layered, self-reflective, electro-pop album, and although not as commercially successful as her first album Pure Heroine, it’s my favourite of the two. And despite the…

The Business of Busyness: Prioritising and Posterioritising

Last week I received an email which, after a long, kind preamble saying “sorry to bother you, I know you must be incredibly busy…” etc, asked if I would pray for something that is going on in the author’s life. It made me wonder… and a quick word-search for ‘busy’ in my emails verified what…

On masks, grey-areas, and petty, unsexy freedom

Sitting in a coffee shop yesterday – a novelty with which I am slowly and gratefully getting reacquainted – I overheard two people discussing the announcement that mask-wearing will soon be made a ‘personal choice.’ The conversation went: Person A: “As soon as that happens, I’m burning my masks! Can’t wait to get rid of…

World Environment Day: Watch, Listen, Read, Pray, Act

Today is World Environment Day, a day for encouraging awareness and action to protect our planet. Probably the best thing each of us can do today is get outside and enjoy the world around us! It’s a glorious day (at least from where I am typing) and I tend to find that I am more…

“A truth I would surrender to”

I linked the other week to a video in which author and former environmentalist Paul Kingsnorth spoke about Christ and Creation, and expressed his surprise at having become a Christian. Today, I read this fascinating article in First Things called The Cross and the Machine, in which Kingsnorth unpacked in more depth his journey, and…

Millican’s Law for Preachers

This week we concluded a five-week preaching course at Christ Church London, by reflecting on the emotional and spiritual life of the preacher. Over the years, I’ve learnt so many things about the practicalities of preaching, crafting sermons, the art of delivery… I have plenty more still to learn. But the most precious lessons I’ve…

Seven minutes on Christ and Creation, from Paul Kingsnorth

A friend sent me this remarkable interview with writer, poet and former-environmental activist, Paul Kingsnorth. The whole thing is worth a listen, but the last seven minutes are especially interesting, where Paul discusses how his recent (and unexpected) conversion to Christianity has shaped his views on humanity and creation. Photo by Andrea Leopardi on Unsplash

The Rabshakeh Strategy

I’ve been reading through 1 and 2 Kings recently, and last week I reached the story of the Rabshakeh in 2 Kings 18. It struck me that it is something of a parable for our age. The story is set when Hezekiah is king of Judah. He is a rarity – a good king in…

Carson’s Three Sonnets on John 14

Flicking through some old notes, I stumbled across a few quotes from D.A. Carson’s The Gospel According to John, which incidentally is one of the best commentaries I’ve ever read. I particularly appreciated these three sonnets based on Jesus’ claim in John 14 to be the Way, the Truth and the Life. I I AM the…

Reading the Bible like a Bluth

Arrested Development was one of my favourite comedy shows (until it entirely lost the plot in seasons 4 and 5!) It follows the wealthy, but incredibly dysfunctional Bluth family, and is full of absurd situations, and some wonderful catchphrases and running jokes. One of the rare moments from season 5 that still makes me chuckle…