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)
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.

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

What Would Jesus Say to a Fresher?

I was happy to be asked by the University of Lincoln Christian Union to help at their Freshers' Week this year, giving a talk during one of their lunch bars. This included the offer of free food and a talk that relates to Freshers on campus.

The topic I was asked to tackle was "What would Jesus say to a Fresher?". Here is what I think Jesus would say to Lincoln Freshers of 2014.

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Why I'm Not Doing the Ice Bucket Challenge

The Ice Bucket Challenge has swept across social media and the world it seems but has always not sat quite right with me. Whether it was the cold water on my head part or the part where I put the video online for all to see, I wasn't sure. But a recent blog post from The Good Book Company has helped me ground where my unfeeling comes from.

As the article says; I don't think it is wrong to take part. Indeed giving to charity and raising awareness of horrific diseases is important. Plus, I have enjoyed watching some of the videos. We're free to do what we like with our charitable giving - ice buckets or not - I just feel that this isn't the best way to do it.

I've copied the article below to show my agreement with it and because it puts things much clearer than I could.