Jan 16, 2015

Not St Columba’s Bay

It’s Wednesday.  The middle day of the centrepiece of my sabbatical – will it match up to my expectations? It’s now clear to me from the picture on my cottage wall that I have not walked around the entire island at all.  Iona is long and thin, and my return path from when I saw […]

Jan 9, 2015

Getting bogged down

So I’m on Iona.  It’s the middle of Tuesday afternoon, and a bird of prey has just shown a disturbing interest in me.  I must get to the top of that brow to get my bearings. But the way is steep, and each time I catch my breath I see the bird quietly watching and […]

Dec 22, 2014

A strange encounter

I awake on Tuesday morning with the sun streaming through my bedroom window.  What a welcome for my first full day in Iona!  What will the day hold?  I understand that on a clear day in October you are almost guaranteed to see the Northern lights.  Is that how God will speak to me? I […]

Nov 28, 2014

Naked and vulnerable

When life is stripped back, you come face to face with yourself. By the time I reach Iona, I will have stopped eating or drinking anything but water.

Nov 21, 2014

Stripping life back

Words, words, so many words in 21st century life. Phone and computer together give access to billions, spoken and written. So many words can sap our energy and the incessant demand to think can stop us from thinking.

Jan 7, 2014

Has God lost his grip?

On Sunday, Trevor and I will teach the third session of our “Habits for Leaders: course at Yardley Wood Baptist Church. It’s the same session I taught the the group meeting at the Agape office on Dec 12th, and we have begun to talk of this session as the very centre and heartbeat of the course. One of the questions we ask in this session is “What is your view of God?”