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  • I’m turning 60. How did that happen? One moment I’m enjoying my childhood, riding my chopper bike, building go-karts, playing footie and building dens

  • “Lead me, Lord, in your righteousness because of my enemies – make your way straight before me.” (Psalms 5:8) As I read the verse above, I had a flash

  • I wonder how you feel about your life right now? Perhaps you are disappointed, frustrated or even completely disillusioned? Perhaps you left school wi

  • Did you realise that you could actually change somebody’s life today? You could be the answer to somebody’s prayers. You could be somebody’s miracle t

  • As we continue to come out of lockdown – isn’t this the moment for each one of us to pause (with God’s help), take stock and reflect. To conside

  • Life can be challenging at times. God may appear silent or even absent. Praying becomes difficult. So what do you do when life doesn’t make sens

  • Acute pain can cloud your thinking, and chronic pain can scour your soul. I should know after 22 years of some of the most dreadful pain known to huma

  • This week marked one year since the first coronavirus lockdown in the UK. Over 126,000 people have tragically lost their lives during the pandemic and

  • I recently experienced a pretty tough season which took place during the pandemic and resulting lockdowns. Sadly my pastorate in Birmingham just didn’

  • We live in extraordinary and uncertain times. A year ago none of us had any idea what was ahead and for those of us in the UK and much of the western

  • When I was a teenager I attended a youth camp on Anglesey at Benllech Bay I learned an important lesson – to trust and obey. The adjacent bay wa

  • Have you lost your identity? My heart goes out to all those who have lost jobs, careers, businesses and livelihoods during the pandemic. I can only im

  • The name Stuart Bee might not mean anything to you at all.  He made the headlines towards the end of November last year when he took his motorboat alo

  • I love Christmas – it surely is the most wonderful time of the year! One of the many things I look forward to is singing carols and one of my fa

  • Julia and I recently spent a few days in a beautiful Caswell Bay apartment on the Gower peninsula. The area is classified as an area of outstanding na

  • It’s Christmastime (in case you didn’t realise!) and in conversation last night Julia and I discovered that, in separate incidents on the same day thi

  • We have a comfy chair in our dining room that faces out onto our back garden. I will often sit in it, pray and reflect. I find it therapeutic, relaxin

  • There are times in our lives when we simply do not understand what God is doing or what God wants us to do. Personally I have been without a job since

  • Have you ever stopped at a level crossing waiting for a train and whilst the warning lights flashed, tried to guess from which direction the train was

  • How to deal with fear and anxiety? These are challenging, uncomfortable, crazy and I'm sure for many, anxious, fearful and perplexing times.  None of

  • We used to have a friend who had a sometimes difficult husband (he was lovely really!) and we would ask her how she coped with him? Her response was a

  • How do we go about attracting God’s favour? Can we actually attract His favour? Does God simply choose to favour some people above others? Does God ha

  • Church is barely recognisable today from those that I attended in my childhood. I grew up sitting in my Sunday best on cold hard pews, in poorly heate

  • Sometimes you just never see it coming. In the space of about ten days God turned our world upside down. One moment we’re settled and committed to bui

  • A few years ago on New Years Day, I emerged out of the shower and said to Julia, ‘How do you fancy going to the New Year sales at the Trafford Centre?

  • Game Changers In sport one change can transform the result. We can probably all remember a sports event where a coach has made a decision that has lit

  • Have you ever been driving and not seen someone and nearly hit them!? I was driving on the motorway in England a couple of years ago and having checke

  • Charles Blondin, was famous in the 1800’s for walking across Niagara Falls on a tightrope numerous times. He even crossed blindfolded, with a stove an

  • When Bob Marley sang the immortal words, ‘Don’t worry about a thing, cause every little things gonna be alright’ (Three Little Birds) he was pre

  • Just recently I was attending a conference at a hotel in the north east of England. We headed for breakfast and I noticed a waitresses rushing around

  • In both the USA and Britain it has becoming increasingly difficult to work out what is true! This has become a massive issue and talking point. I real

  • I regularly come across people who know that something is missing from their lives and in particular their faith. The search is on for the missing key

  • How do you start your day? In our house either the alarm goes off or our dog starts barking. I’m always the first one up and the kettle goes str

  • Are you stuck? Frustrated? Is your faith growing? In this post I will share with you five ways to grow your faith! As a boy growing up I attended my l

  • There were some incredibly strong men and women in Judges. One of my favourite characters is Samson. He is the biblical version of the Incredible Hulk

  • I used to take my little black dog for a long walk through the local Northumbria countryside. I love walking and talking to God and my dog seems to en

  • Father’s Day is always a special occasion each year as we honour our earthly fathers. For some it’s clearly a difficult day as they rememb

  • We recently enjoyed a great holiday in Lanzarote and on our outbound journey the flight became a little bit bumpy. Why does turbulence always occur wh

  • I want to really encourage you as you read this. No matter how bad your circumstances are right now – please don’t lose hope! Thankfully I

  • I was reading the parable of the talents recently which is the story of the master who gave each of his servants money to look after while he travelle

  •   I love the journey I have been on. It’s been an amazing adventure with God and I love the calling that God has placed upon my life and se

  • As a pastor I sometimes meet people who are struggling with their faith and are even contemplating giving up on God or church. They’ve perhaps b

  • It’s the time of year when the media and newspapers review the year and look back across the world of politics, sports, royalty, celebrity, scie

  • It was a beautiful summer’s day and my childhood buddy Pete had come to stay with me – we thought it would be great to head for the Norfol

  • Our children used to have what we described as a ‘mad half hour’ – and at such times they would just be bursting with energy, excite

  • The old song ‘Don’t worry about a thing – cos every little thing is gonna be alright’ (Bob Marley) is easier said than done at

  • They say ‘leaders are readers’ and so I headed off on my holidays with a book which had been recommended by a close friend. The book was B

  • It’s exactly a year since I published my first blog post with great fear and trepidation! Would anyone read them? Would people think I was getti

  • Recently my daughter and I went to watch a football match at the home of renowned FA Cup giant killers Blyth Spartans. Just before the game started I

  • I guess that we all find it difficult to admit our weaknesses however I want to help you to discover the hidden power of weakness. Whilst I can’

  • Life is far from easy at times and most of us at some point will experience suffering or trials of one kind or another. In my life….I’ve f

  • I was walking my little black dog recently and came across the pair of glasses (pic)that someone had clearly lost. I imagined some guy stumbling home

  • I’ve always felt sorry for Thomas – after all, ever since he doubted Jesus’ resurrection, he’s been hung out to dry! Yet, in a

  • ‘With friends like you – who needs an enemy?!’ It’s the kind of thing we say to someone, often lightheartedly but occasionally

  • I wonder what being a disciple of Jesus Christ means to you? In fact what makes a true disciple? What does following Christ mean to you? Easter is alw

  • Sometimes I can be having a conversation with my wife or daughter about something that I’m really interested in – say football, current af

  • We rarely say grace before a meal in our house and yet it seems like every time we go for a meal at someone’s house they ask me to say grace!! I

  • Getting Your Edge Back ~ I hate losing things! Just recently I’ve been trying really hard to get something back! I’ve been working hard to

  • Many years ago I arranged a surprise treat for my wife Julia, to go to London’s West End to watch Phantom of the Opera. It was before the days o

  • ‘When the going gets tough the tough get going’ was a massive hit for Billy Ocean in 1986.The question is what do you and I do when the go