‘Grace grows best in Winter:’ A Reflection for those who are feeling ‘verhoodled!’

What a precious time the week between Christmas and the New Year is for catching up with many things. I came across a delightful word a few days ago: ‘verhoodled.’ In Dutch Pennsylvanian (the language used by the Amish), it means ‘all confused and mixed up.’ I’m sure... read more

Sheep may safely graze

Last week it was a joy to release Pantete chairete – Rejoice always (1 Thess. 5:16) Set to the brilliant music of one of Bach’s Brandenberg concertos. We are delighted to be able to send out a second offering by Bach: a version we recorded of his well-known... read more

Pantete chairete – Rejoice always (1 Thess. 5:16)

If someone were to ask you what the shortest verse in the Bible is, most people pointed to the poignant phrase, ‘Jesus wept.’ That actually requires three words in Greek, however. The shortest verse is actually to be found in the book of Thessalonians, when Paul... read more

R is for Resilience

‘Resilience: The power or ability to return to the original form, or position, etc., after being bent, compressed, or stretched; the ability to recover readily from illness, depression, adversity, or the like.’ ( You have need of endurance, so that when... read more

The comfort of God that empowers us to move on beyond the therapeutic gospel

Our leaders have so many massive issues to face at this time, not least at an environmental level as Cop 26 gets under way in Glasgow from the 9th-19th November. It is so important that good decisions are taken, and vital progress be made for low lying lands, and... read more

God finds ways to restore the despairing: The story of Martin the Cobbler

This short story by Leo Tolstoy is a powerful reminder of the unexpected ways in which God answers our prayers and meets our deepest needs. However little may appear to be happening along the lines that we had hoped or expected, God fulfils His promises and restores... read more