Feb 262015
 

20823709Having spent many years waiting for a Peretti sequel called ‘Oh my God, now it is really, really dark in here!’, the title of this short, easy access novel was a must read. The sort you slip on your phone and flick through the entertaining pages whilst waiting for the kettle to boil, and half an hour later re-boil because a cup of tea can wait just until the next page.

“The edge did not absorb light – it just sort of made it absent”, is the description of where our menacing hero feels most at home, too much light and he feels like shadow, too much shadow and the only thing keeping him from falling over the edge is the light. This story is in that twilight, the place ‘in-between’…  It is refreshingly littered with blunt street language for a moral tale, where dark is light dressed in a sinister cloak… and the ‘goodie’ ghoul devours the dark art of the heart for breakfast.   The mix of the ethereal and earthly dimensions is comical and some leading ‘one-liners’ have you snorting an involuntary guffaw especially if one is from the ‘churchified’.

“I shit you not”… was a new turn of phrase for me which has indeed become the February favourite but there are also depths that are hinted at within this story if you are looking. The action-packed narrative is dotted with diary type inserts or the main character having a one-way conversation with you creating a varied perspective.  It was an enjoyable read and for me as a ‘believer’ wary and weary of exhausted paradigms of christian genre, that in itself was a relief. Admittedly I tire of the assumption of a male God with continual references to ‘He’, not that ‘She’ is the antidote but I do look for effort at other expressions that are ‘in-between’.

All in all it was fun and interesting to encounter ‘dirtside’ through the actual eyes of a gargoyle from paradise… what a Case!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the author and/or publisher through the Speakeasy blogging book review network. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR,Part 255.

 

May 202013
 

Turn the life support machine off! … Take one last true breath and if needs be, die with dignity …..

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we can afford to let go and switch off…. coz the eternal rule of thumb is death to life …. For all ‘groups’, structures and routines that are well past their sell-by date!

Jan 082013
 

Odd, the Odd One Out, an Odyssey.

Twists and turns, a convoluted route, meandering in the right direction yet often at 90 degrees to it.

Unpredictable, quirky, an unknown equation..

The oddest of years. The ‘oddness’ is not negative, it is just very, very different.

Thirteen will give way to provide rather than hide much fruit, Thirteen is coming home in a good way.

For me this is the 7th year in a cycle of 10 years, and the 2nd decade in a cycle of 30 years.

If 2012 was a ‘year of completion’ then all we have prepared for is here.

All preparation, practising and rehearsing is over.

If our quest has been to personify and reflect a life away from ‘control’ and to take another route that is ‘unknown’ to us, then here our Odyssey begins…Embarkation…..severing all we have known from all we have prepared for.

Consternation and quandary may stir in our core and that is only natural. However, by now we have learnt that to be blind is to see, and to not know is to find knowledge that is not our own but from the One who designed us. The way is ‘The Way’, way above our ways, way confident in us and way too in love with us….this is our place of rest, our Trust.

THE REHEARSALS ARE OVER AND THE PERFORMANCE IS ON, AND IF WE DO NOT KNOW OUR LINES BY NOW, THEN WE NEVER WILL!

I see a route that meanders to the left and the right like a river, going in the right direction yet covering so much ground as it twists and turns to each side. We deposit and erode to go forward, weaving into the journey much on our left and right and bringing it together.

Old cycles, circles and ways are a distant shoreline left behind and all that is necessary from this point on remains in our hearts for when needed, because we are our past which has bought us to our present…. for our future.

Keep looking ahead, in the Godhead, go ahead in the heady reality of true headship that has done our heads in….in a most wonderful Way. Yes, a Wonder-full WAY.

Welcome to the Odyssey me hearties.

The Adventure 😀

 

Oct 172012
 

 The Truth of Christ blots out ‘our truth’ that requires proof.

Now we are the proof of what Our Creator has done, we are the evidence and in us resides the very answer to the whole of creation.

Oneness with Love itself and all restored.                                           Christ is us as we are Christ, dispensing His order on Earth as it is in Heaven while we are arrested by the Love of Our Maker.

We trust the Way, Truth and Life who has nothing to prove having done all and more for us.

Jun 122012
 

I see Iona, an island on the western edge of Scotland ablaze with the fire of the gospel and sending it out to ignite the mainland.

I see Lindesfarne, an island on the eastern coast of Northumbria drenched in the wine of the gospel and serving the mainland with the intoxicating truth of the cross.

I see Ireland, an island on the western edge alive to Christ with the  fire that lit Iona and Lindesfarne up like beacons as a sign to the ‘mainland’ of its calling.

I see many outposts…. rocky outcrops, cliff edges, islands of islands and peninsulas…surrounding the ‘mainland’ steeped in the history of those ‘one’ with Christ who’s every breath was heaven on earth.

I see it all speaking to this ‘mainland’ originally known as Albion….this island of islands…this landmass in the western corner surrounded by sea…this island on the western edge of an even bigger ‘mainland’.

I see the message bold and clear, ‘As Iona and Lindesfarne were on fire to ignite you, so you are to be the same for Europe and beyond’. This is the job of the Island, to burn with Christ and ignite the ‘Mainland’.

It is time to fulfil your role.

May 292012
 

He spread His arms open saying, ‘Look, it really is true, a stitch in time really does save nine’

It is so comical that He should use an english proverb.

Just one stitch of ‘time’ sewn into Jesus can save a whole load of bother.

Give a moment of quality time with Jesus and it will avoid 9 non-quality moments.

We can spend so much time thrashing around with things that are not important or are a distraction. We can spend so much time trying to sort things out our way.

If we stop.

If we stitch time into Jesus.

He helps us sort out the rest and streamlines what could be overwhelming or stressful.

The Peacemaker makes peace.

 

May 282012
 

…’so that our worship makes a such demand on heaven that our very lives are changed’ said the cool musician.

…reminds me of Mount Carmel and the priests slashing themselves

…..meanwhile Elijah just pours more water on his alter lololol

….before all demanding, all was given

…and no frenzy can compete with that 😀

May 172012
 
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Ten days ago I arrived in Caerleon for the second time, completing the ‘treasure chest’ walks and the ‘kiss’ in the centre of middle England, the Midland. It was a toughy but it is done and the trophy is ‘in the bag’, the completion was immense which seemed to bring to a head, line up and finish a huge journey in itself. The report on this is to follow just as soon as the ruminations are fully transferred into vaguely comprehensible wordage! 

So to continue this journey and completion of this walk for England this year, it is with a fresh step…..

My 3rd walk of 2012 will take me into the South West of England, at last, having asked God if I would go there during the ‘Bell’ walk and now having completed the ‘Treasure Chest’ walks, the time has come. It is the natural next step to carry on from Lincoln via Caerleon straight on to Cornwall literally following a straight line to the sea.
This walk will take in Newport, Cardiff, Barry Island, perhaps some walking on water, Minehead, Launceston, Lostwithiel, St Austell, past Truro and Penryn to Lizard Point. This is a 5 day walk starting Wednesday 27th June and finishing Sunday 1st July. 

This walk will carry all that has been walked for, and connected up to Caerleon from Whitby via Chester, Lincoln and St Albans….to the South West until we reach the sea. Lizard point is where the line from Lincoln to Caerleon ends up, so there we will go. 
Whilst stepping with the gospel of peace and calling for the identity of the land to be restored this will also create an opportunity for ‘control’ to have yet another route to drain into the sea, emptying from Whitby’s entry point and the ‘roman chesters’ as part of this land reclamation programme. I also believe there will be a flow of going to apologise, to ask for forgiveness from this part of the land where subduing and maligning crushed its spirit and its gentle nature. I see a ‘going to receive rather than to give’ and a humility to bend the knee and say sorry for the systematic bullying. Now the ‘bully’ needs the help of that land to allow the muddy waters of control a way out and that land has every right to curl up in defiance and remember its pain. It will be a sensitive walk.
There will be a call to join all other calls for this part of our land to find its feet again, for England to lower itself to raise up the western edge of these islands above itself which is a true leaders role. It was the very hand of a bishop that I originally saw rise out of Lincoln before I even began these walks that blessed England to lower itself and as the hand touched the land, the mid-land, it pushed the land downwards which naturally caused the South West, Wales, Scotland and Ireland to rise….let it be so.

If you feel a pull towards this walk and would like to be considered for the team then do email me. It is £12 per day to be on the walk (toward fuel for accompanying cars and route maps), the minimum one can join the walk is one whole day and the minimum miles of walk ability is 8 miles(with a break half way) in one day. Believers along the way often kindly and wonderfully accommodate and feed us. Occasional extra costs can be the odd B&B or a pub meal or car insurance, snack attacks or a plethora of compeeds!

My 4th walk will be out of Caerleon once more to continue the line/walk from Chester to Caerleon and carry on to the south coast sea which is a place called ‘Humble Point’ in between Lyme Regis and Seaton on the Devonshire coast. This will be south to the Usk mouth, then a bit of walking on water to Weston Super Mare and past Bridgewater, Taunton, Chard and Axeminster to the coast.This is a 3 day walk, Friday to Sunday, August 3rd – 5th.
My 5th and final walk for this England will be from Caerleon to Selsey on the south coast which is my home and where the ‘Bell’ walk began at Easter 2008. Heading SE out of Caerleon, I will walk thro Bristol, Bath, Trowbridge, over Salisbury Plain and through Stone Henge, inbetween Winchester and Southampton, past Portsmouth and then home. This is a 5 day walk, Wednesday to Sunday,  of September 26th – 30th.
Let me know if you are interested in either of these.

Lastly, at the beginning of June I will complete the last ‘Bell’ walk (Sept 2009) of Maidenhead to Bournemouth that actually finishes at ‘St Albans Head’ on the Isle of Purbeck so I will continue from the Bournemouth Pier to pick up Albans head (it rolled a long, long way!) which only seems fitting considering his inspiration on these walks.

Live loved and love all you stand for.
Apr 172012
 

Beautiful 40 yr old Asian elephant makes a run for it in Ireland….Indeed Nelly, it is time to pack the trunk and say Goodbye to the ‘Circus’…massive sign from east to west, Ireland, spit the bit, buck the harness and break company with such tricksters 😀 Pop the Cork lololol

 

Apr 142012
 

This next walk is coming into focus now being the last of 6 walks to complete the ‘Treasure Chest’ that demarcates middle England as an area with Lincoln, Chester, Caerleon and St Albans as it’s four corners. Having walked the perimeter of this ‘Treasure Chest’, I am now completing the ‘cross’ inside this ‘Chest’ which was firstly Chester to St Albans last September and now will finish with Lincoln to Caerleon.

This ‘X’ shape in the centre of middle England is a massive ‘kiss’ just as Christ kissed all creation back to life with His coming and being the ransom for us all. The ‘cross’ and the place of the ‘kiss’ is where heaven crosses over with earth and in Christ ‘Oneness’ takes place and two becomes One.
If ‘X’ marks the spot where treasure lies and is to be found, recovered and revealed then the lid must come off the ‘Treasure Chest’. Myself with others walked the perimeter with the knowledge that in walking with ‘Oneness and intimacy’ with Jesus that our steps would break the ‘seal’ of this ‘lid’.
What I can see now is that marking out this ‘X’ in the centre indeed marks the spot where the ‘handle’ lies in order to open the ‘lid’. The centre of this ‘X’ is in a hardly visible place called ‘Church End’. I make no assumptions as to what this means or how it unravels but it does appear to me that what is called ‘The Church’ has come to represent something that in many ways is very unlike it’s original conception and the natural manifestation of this in these islands. If we are calling for authenticity for our identity then all that is not authentic will have to die off to make room for the reality of who we are. 
So I will joyfully ‘cross-over’ Church End, knowing that all that is necessary to come to an end is now. This issue is the very ‘handle’ that is going to take the ‘lid’ off all that has been sealed up and buried…..alotta treasure. I believe this treasure is linked all those that have given their lives for the sake of the authentic and indigenous in these islands. Love is the greatest treasure and no greater love hath a man than he lay down his life for his friend, the selflessness that marks out the‘cross’ and all those who laid down their lives for it. 
At last the lid is coming off and it is time.

We will kick off out of Lincoln in two weeks time on Weds 2nd May heading SW until we arrive in Caerleon, Newport on Sun 6th May. 
The last day for anyone to join this walk is this Monday 16th April, let me know if you like to be considered for the team.

Exciting days in so many ways, many paths and One journey…..for Truth, the Whole Truth and nothing but the Truth so help us God.
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