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Living the Bible

‘The Bible is not only a book to read, to learn, to pray over – an interesting and moving story. It is essentially a story to be relived. It presents me with things I cannot contemplate passively, as if it were an interesting story but one that did not concern me. I must react; I…

Self Esteem

‘When it comes to the gaining of genuine confidence and genuine self-respect, even the supposed default humans needs a surprising amount of encouragement. What they need, like everyone else, is a) one thing to be good at, and b) one person to notice. With me that starts at school. It starts with Mrs Slater.’ Robert…

The Danger of Unrealistic Expectations

‘…despair is often rooted in unrealistic expectations or idealism, the kind of thinking that inevitably brings disappointment. People quit relationships, jobs, and churches over unmet expectations, often expectations that were never fair or realistic in the first place.’ Karen Swallow Prior, On Reading Well, p.125.

Christian Insecurity

‘Those who are not secure in Christ cast about for spiritual life preservers with which to support their confidence, and in their frantic search they cling not only to the shreds of ability and righteousness they find in themselves, but they fix upon their race, their membership in a party, their familiar social and ecclesiastical…