Have you ever dreamt about church? I’m not specifically talking about an unconscious cinematic experience in your sleep, but have you ever taken a moment to dream about church? Before you stop reading, you who has never walked into a church your whole life, this is for you too. You see, because if church is … More Have you ever dreamt about church?
Sometimes it takes an escape from the bubble of normal life, to discover what your normal actually is. It can be a holiday, a trip to visit someone, working in a new location, or just a day away from your normal company and routine. Stepping outside of our normal rhythm of life allows us to look back … More Is it time for a new normal?
I am not talking about an iron that smoothes out creases. I am talking about iron that sharpens iron – think of a iron blade or axe. When two of these meet each other their friction and interaction sharpens the other. Both utensils are mutually sharpened and improved for their purposes, simply for having scraped … More Friends of Iron
Have you ever heard the phrase: The longest distance to travel is the 18 inches between our head and our heart. I know. Cliched or what? I can barely believe I just typed it, and actually started this post with it. I promise not to say it ever again. Never. But there’s an ironic truth … More 18 inches
I write this as someone with a heart to change the way I live, someone who does not have this sorted (not nearly), but who is wrestling with how to go about this. How to become the hands and feet of a better way forward – wanting to live out a life which, if replicated, would … More Loving from afar.
Like many I’m sure, I have considered leaving my church. For anyone reading this who goes to the same church as me: panic not, I’m afraid you’re stuck with me for the foreseeable future. “The worship isn’t free enough” “The prayer isn’t often enough” “The talks arent applicable enough” “The service isn’t long enough” (you can … More Church, humans and grit.
I don’t know about you but I find it quite tricky to think about something for very long without really wanting to do something practical in the way of solving/resolving/fixing/sorting it. If I’m planning something or I’m thinking through a disagreement or I’m figuring out a problem, I want to be able to solve it … More To be seen and not heard
Ever felt like you’re observing what’s happening before your eyes and you have no permission to participate? I’ve felt like that quite often if I’m honest. From seeing an overwhelmed parent telling their child off in the supermarket, to seeing a friend make bad choices or even having someone close tell me something about myself … More A safe distance
Part two of this blog series comes from my wonderful, Norwegian, psychologist friend, Gry. Over the past two years of knowing this girl, seeing her at her worst and at her best, I can honestly say it’s been such a privilege to look into this topic together and brainstorm ideas with such a wonderful mind. I hope you … More Hidden Hurts Part 2: A call to transparency
In this two part blog, me and my dear friend Gry Apeland have looked into the mysteries behind the hidden topics within church and wider society. We want to share our thoughts on why, as church, we shy away from talking about so many of the struggles we see around us and, most of all, what we’re … More Hidden Hurts Part 1: The silence is deafening