are you a cherry picker?

Occasionally a well meaning Christian friend will call me out for not believing the whole bible anymore. They might implicate that I cherry pick those Holy Scriptures to suit my own purposes. The truth is that only those who believe that the bible is the full ‘infallible’, ‘inerrant’ “word of God” are really guilty of cherry picking. They are quite happy to hear the love verses like Corinthians 1:13 (love…

how to change the world

One of my favourite sayings is one that I first heard from my friend Joshua Tongol. It goes something like this: ‘Gold that is covered in mud is still valuable’. Do you realise that is you? When you were born you were perfect and without sin.  Although your parents probably tried the best they could, things happened that made you feel unloved and worthless. Someone said you were bad or…

wedding catastrophe’s, empty chairs and the beauty of life

  Dear Samantha,  I apologise in advance for this long-winded sentimental post. Since you and Michael do not have phones with you on your honeymoon, I envisage you will read this in a resort hotel lobby PC or one of those dodgy looking internet shops.  Yesterday you fulfilled your dreams and committed yourselves to be with your beloved Michael for the rest of your life. Your lovely bridesmaids Sharon, Akuany and…

25th wedding anniversary tribute to my trishy

Earlier this year my wife and I celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary. This video is a tribute to her and our great love.  The song is “She” by Charles Aznavour. You may remember this as the theme for the movie Notting Hill. There was also an original French version of this song called ‘Tous Les Visages de l’Amour’ and a beautiful Italian rendition called ‘Lei’ both also beautifully sung by…

who is my father?

In my early Christian days we used to sing a song called ‘Father Abraham’. It spoke of us being his sons. Well Jewish people say they are descendants of Abraham too, maybe rightfully so. Christian, Muslim and Jewish people all appropriate their spiritual lineage from him. Maybe he was a good bloke, I don’t know. But I know that I don’t care too much for the heritage of ancient middle…