Category Archives: Life

Ambivalence, reluctance and the Jesus scale

About eight months or so ago, I started talking about the concept of a scale of faith in Christ. I christened it the Jesus scale. Here is a diagram: On the far left, you have antitheism, hard determinism, militant atheism, … Continue reading

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Desires of my heart

Let the little children come to me 14Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” — Matthew 19:14, NIV Once St Mary’s clocked that … Continue reading

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What do you do when God comes for your LinkedIn?

My Father’s house has many rooms 2 My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? 3 And if I go and … Continue reading

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Bookshelf

Recovery You’re reading again. my brother remarked, last fall. You said you couldn’t read before. I jolted. It was true. When I am depressed I lose the ability to read books. This is one of the worst symptoms. Staring at … Continue reading

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Milestones and Morning Prayer

2023 Morning Prayer is said each weekday at St Mary’s. Last year I took to going semi-regularly, on Tuesdays. Because it gets me out of the house, I explain. I go to the gym on Tuesdays, in the morning, I … Continue reading

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Surprises: Notes from my first year as a practicing Christian

Christmas 2022, Christ Church, Harpenden: a riot of 200 people in a school hall. An invitation to join home group. Joining the Teas and Coffees Rota. Learning the drill, and the importance of the ministry of hospitality. Contemporary Christian Music. … Continue reading

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John Jackson OBE (1934 – 2023)

It is good to read about a life well-lived, I think. Especially if you struggle with your own existential dread. (Following Covid, isn’t that all of us, to a degree?) My mother’s Uncle, John, to us “Uncle John” even though … Continue reading

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I am evangelical about this

PhD students should* consider industry roles; academics should not dissuade them. Ten years ago today I began my career as a statistical consultant in the pharmaceutical industry. I went directly from my PhD: I submitted my PhD thesis on a … Continue reading

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Computers these days

When I was in primary school, in the early nineties, Tesco ran a scheme called Computers for Schools. Shopping at Tesco earned paper vouchers which were collected by local schools. When a school had collected enough vouchers, they could spend them … Continue reading

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Aphorism

Do one day at a time. If you can’t do a day at a time, do an hour at a time. If you can’t do an hour at a time, go minute by minute. If you can’t do minutes, do … Continue reading

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