#MeanBean Day 1

First day of the mean bean challenge is over!  Four more days to go! Today I have been thinking about this picture ‘equality versus equity’ (found on Twitter) and about 1 Corinthians 11:27-29: So then, whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of sinning…

Porridge, Beans and Rice

For five days I am only eating plain porridge, beans and rice in support of Tearfund, and I would like to share with you why. Last year I visited a Tearfund partner’s project.  It was an after-school club held in a tiny two room building.  On the wall of this building I noticed a brass plaque with the…

Celebrating the Last Cancer Treatment

A prayer based on Psalm 145   “I will exalt you, my God the King; I will praise your name for ever and ever. Every day I will praise you and extol your name for ever and ever.”[1]   God, you are awesome. Always awesome. When things are pants and when things are good, You…

Climbing Trees

You can tell it’s my last year at college, as I find myself spending more and more time looking out the window and ‘reflecting on my context.’ Four years that tree has been on the school grounds outside this classroom window, and I have never noticed how much that tree wants to be climbed –…

Making America Great

My birthday is approaching, so I know that soon it will be Rev Dr Martin Luther King Jr Day in America and (in the case of a post-election year) a US President will be inaugurated. In honour of all three events occurring this year, I want to consider Rev Dr Martin Luther King Jr’s understanding…

Facing 2017

Some folks are looking forward to 2017, determined to take to 2017 like a duck to water. I am not one of those people. I am looking forward to 2017, like a mother looks forward to taking a sugar-filled toddler onto a long train journey home. Like the mother, after a long arduous 2016, I…

Birth of Jesus – Facts or Truth?

According to Trevor Noah, 2016 was the year that facts died. He may be right. Certainly at this year’s end, many are ready to trumpet in the “post-truth” era. How does that relate to the story of Christmas though? The nativity is a debated topic. Whilst very few people doubt that Jesus was born and…