Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Why we don't do Father Christmas

A family Christmas tradition we have started is a trip to Doddington Hall where we will take a look around the Elizabethan house's traditional decorations, order a coffee and cake from the delicious cafe, pick out a bauble from the Bauble Barn, and bring home a Christmas tree grown on the estate.

This year, Doddington have also got Father Christmas waiting to meet children in the house's Great Hall. Almost everyone we met asked Rebekah, our two-year-old, if she had come to see Santa.

We were aware of the pressure with Santa - he is synonymous with Christmas in the UK now. So we are starting to think about whether we should introduce Rebekah to him or not...

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

4 Proverbs for Social Media

The way people talk - and in the 21st century, type - shows a lot about them. Their temperament, their priorities, their wisdom. I find that, particularly on social media, the world would be a much better place if people were to think a bit more about how they approach what they say and how they say it.

Here are four ways to be much more productive with what you write on social media - inspired by a wise man from almost 3,000 years ago.

Thursday, 9 July 2015

An Open Letter to an Ex-Friend

Dear old friend,

It wasn't my choice to no longer be friends. You didn't even give me a chance to make up when you sent me this message on Facebook:

"Hi Joel as lovely as you are I'm really sorry to unfriend you. I'm afraid most of my feed was full of rainbow pictures and love, peace and kindness and then the post you liked sullied that love and kindness. It's with regret Joel but i don't want to be a hypocrite. Take care I hope you can understand why x"

The same-sex marriage bill was passed by the Supreme Court in the USA in the name of equality. Its advocates claimed to be tolerant and liberal and accepting of all people, no matter who they are.

But it seems like you don't count my opinions and beliefs as equal, you won't tolerate them and don't think I should be free to have them.

Monday, 12 January 2015

3 Things I'm Looking Forward to Seeing in Cinema in 2015

John Boyega as Finn in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)
image: starwars.com
I love watching films. Whether it's during a quiet night in with my wife or with friends on the big screen.

They offer a moment of escape from the stresses of life; they tell exciting stories of good, evil, failure, success and redemption; they give opportunity to interact with your loved ones and people around you.

2015 promises to be a big year for film and here are three things I'm looking forward to seeing in the cinema.

Saturday, 18 October 2014

What is the Good News?

At church my wife Hannah and I help support students in Lincoln to transition into life as a student and prepare them to leave university in the real world as a Christian.

As part of this we are looking at what the 'Good News' is and how it should affect our lives. Here is the first session looking at what news is so good in the Christian worldview.