South West Youth Conference

Even though I am a Brummie (temporarily exiled to the South East) I am going to the South West Youth Conference. Their guest speaker is Mark Yaconelli.
There is a retreat day on the Friday, and the day conference on the Saturday. (I am just there for the Saturday)
Details here

Decals for the skid lid

I’ve ordered some decals for my Ski Helmet!
For the one side, “Preacherman” (a nickname a teenager gave to me on a camp years ago and it made me smile). And for the other side, the ski verse: Hebrews 12:12
This is obviously only a temporary measure until I have time to fully paint it and logo up as Mavericks helmet from TOP GUN!
My ministry is going downhill …… fast!

Slow Club

I like to walk with grandma,
Her steps are short like mine.
She doesn’t say “Now hurry up”,
She always takes her time.
I like to walk with grandma,
Her eyes see things like mine do –
Wee pebbles bright, a funny cloud,
Half hidden drops of dew.
Most people have to hurry,
They don’t stop and see
I’m glad that God made Grandma.
Unrushed, and young like me.
Thena Smith


I’m definitely better at speaking than writing! (I’m not saying I’m great at speaking, merely that I’m not great at writing). I’ve just finished a period with lots of writing; things like papers, outlines and a HUGE essay, and have now emerged into a phase of lots of speaking. Weird how that works? I’ve got a Clergy Chapter to speak at, a conference, a presentation at Bishops Council, and a Ski trip, all in the next three weeks.
Not sure where I’m going with this? (But hey, it was a chance to practice my writing)

Existential fridge philosophy

Ever since it appeared on the wall of the physics lab at my 6th Form College I’ve loved this quote:
“Life is strange!” said Jeremy
“Compare to what?”said the Spider

When I’m making coffee I tend to put something up on the fridge relating to the Bible, philosophy, spirituality et al. My daughter tends to re-arrange the letters a little.
I thought I’d put up the Jeremy quote this week, I noticed it has morphed into:
Not as profound but made me laugh