• A Sky Full of Stars

    Full Stars

    Churches often gather people from different ages under one roof, but the extent to which they are genuinely engaged in worship together is open to question. In... Read more

    Posted on 17 December 2018 RELIGION, SPIRITUALITY
  • A Bench with a View

    Bench with View

    My landscape right now is littered with milestones. They are all marked in years, rather than miles, and they bear the number '1'. Each one is a reminder of a... Read more

    Posted on 20 November 2018 RELIGION, SPIRITUALITY
  • The Last Postcard?

    Last Postcard?

    There comes a point when living abroad, where to continue sending postcards seems a little odd. After all, you live here now. The tastes, sounds and smells are... Read more

    Posted on 07 November 2018 RELIGION, SPIRITUALITY
  • On Sharing the Journey

    Years ago, before the loss which now overshadows me was even a cloud on the horizon, I was studying for a Master's Degree in Preaching. As part of a module on... Read more

    Posted on 01 November 2018 RELIGION, SPIRITUALITY
  • Thank You


    Thank you for visiting here after hearing 'Postcards from the Land of Grief' on BBC Radio 4 on Sunday October 21st 2018. It is clear that the programme has... Read more

    Posted on 23 October 2018 RELIGION, SPIRITUALITY
  • A Nepali Slip of the Hand

    Nepali Slip Hand

    Eleven months ago, as the house hummed to the sound of the oxygen machine and the stair lift rattled occasionally up and down, I would have thought it... Read more

    Posted on 15 October 2018 RELIGION, SPIRITUALITY
  • Far Away is Near at Hand

    Away Near Hand

    Another postcard from the land of grief As I write this, I am a very long way from home. I am several continents and 4500 miles away, in fact. Outside in the... Read more

    Posted on 07 October 2018 RELIGION, SPIRITUALITY
  • Distant Figures

    Distant Figures

    Years ago, I used to travel once each year to Serbia, where I lectured in a Bible School. I soon realised how fascinated people were to find out about my life... Read more

    Posted on 28 August 2018 RELIGION, SPIRITUALITY
  • Lazy Lens?

    Lazy Lens?

    Eleven years ago, as part of the Biblefresh year, I organised a Bible photography exhibition in the church where I was working at the time. Local businesses... Read more

    Posted on 05 August 2018 RELIGION, SPIRITUALITY
  • Nothing Planned

    Nothing Planned

    One of the curious things about living abroad is that the 'obvious' special days, the instinctive milestones on your calendar, mean nothing to anybody here. Day... Read more

    Posted on 28 July 2018 RELIGION, SPIRITUALITY
  • A Landscape Transformed

    This week it has been snowing in the land where I now live. Snow has a soothing effect on the landscape - like a cool cloth on a fevered brow. Sharp corners... Read more

    Posted on 04 March 2018 RELIGION, SPIRITUALITY
  • Day 100

    In another land or another context, you might expect the 100 day milestone to mark 100 days of the new adventure. In this one, it is quite simply 100 days... Read more

    Posted on 15 February 2018 RELIGION, SPIRITUALITY
  • Mis-remembering the Old


    Sometimes, when living abroad, even the things you did not really like about the old country take on a rosy glow which they never had before.Scented with a whif... Read more

    Posted on 13 February 2018 RELIGION, SPIRITUALITY
  • A Thin Place on a Wintry Hill

    Thin Place Wintry Hill

    Sometimes when living far from home, people will take a little soil from the 'old country' with them. In the new and unfamiliar place, there is then always a... Read more

    Posted on 09 February 2018 RELIGION, SPIRITUALITY
  • Leave to Remain

    If you are going to stay in a foreign land, then the chances are that before too long you will have to work. The time will come when you have to swap 'just... Read more

    Posted on 01 February 2018 RELIGION, SPIRITUALITY
  • Alone Together

    Alone Together

    Sometimes when living in a strange land you find yourself drawn to others who also never expected to be here. Like you, they are out of context and looking for... Read more

    Posted on 29 January 2018 RELIGION, SPIRITUALITY
  • Adjustment Fatigue

    Adjustment Fatigue

    Yesterday was a good day - infused with the zesty scent of new possibilities and a whole string of new stories to be published. Yesterday was a bad day - stalke... Read more

    Posted on 25 January 2018 RELIGION, SPIRITUALITY
  • Stubborn


    I used to think it was an affectation when people kept on using an aeroplane boarding pass stub as a bookmark long after their flight was over. It seemed to be ... Read more

    Posted on 17 January 2018 RELIGION, SPIRITUALITY
  • The Treachery of Absorption

    Treachery Absorption

    When living away from home, and once you realise that the stay may be long term - things begin to change. You learn the language. You grow to love the food.... Read more

    Posted on 13 January 2018 RELIGION, SPIRITUALITY
  • Between


    As I sit and write this now, I am in a busy international airport. It is a bit like Narnia's 'wood between the worlds' - except much less peaceful. Everywhere... Read more

    Posted on 09 January 2018 RELIGION, SPIRITUALITY