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…

A Conversation and a Clarification

Well, that was a bewildering experience… Usually my blog gets a couple of hundred hits a day, maximum. Last week I got half as many views as I’ve had in total since I started writing in 2014. And I think I also used the word ‘p**n’ more last week than in the rest of my…

Unintended consequences of failure porn

I’m seven episodes into The Rise and Fall of Mars Hill and my feelings are more mixed than before. Not particularly towards the podcast itself. I have some questions about particular editorial choices in the more recent episodes, but I still feel it’s an important project, generally well-executed, and a valuable though painful listen. But…

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…

Parting reflections on preaching, from me and Paul.

This coming Sunday I am preaching my final sermon at Christ Church London. It’s already pre-recorded for our online service, and I’ll get to preach it live at two of our services. Having worked for this church for twelve years, it’s a strange experience full of mixed emotions. Helen and I feel full of excitement…

A Lesson on Listening: The Rise and Fall of David and Driscoll

My Bible in One Year (which is taking me considerably longer than a year!) has me struggling through 2 Chronicles. I’m nearing the end, and if I’m honest, I’m grateful! There have been beautiful moments and I’ve blogged about a couple of them. But all in all, I’ve found it hard going. And one of…

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…

Yokes, Yolks, and Scorpions

I’m currently wading my way through Chronicles, and recently read 2 Chronicles 10, where Rehoboam took over the Kingdom from his father Solomon. It’s a tragic period of Israel’s history, where Rehoboam abandoned the way of his Father (whose life is depicted fairly positively in Chronicles; less so in Kings), rejected the wisdom of the…

Solomon, Rehoboam and Jeroboam: Hero or Pharaoh?

I’m currently reading my way through 1 and 2 Chronicles, having just completed 1 and 2 Kings. I’ll level with you; it’s not my favourite stretch to read! And whenever I come across a line saying “more details about this king can be found in the Book of x” I thank God that book didn’t…

A Library of Liturgies

The Apostle Paul wrote that we should, ‘Pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests’ (Ephesians 6:18) Sometimes it’s hard to know how to do that. I can find myself facing a particular situation and realising that I don’t know where to start. I don’t know how I feel…