The Hound of Heaven

I vividly remember the late Ravi Zacharias often referring to Francis Thompson's 182-line poem 'The Hound of Heaven' in his teachings. The heavy alliteration of the 'h' sound in the title literally pounded on my heart as it mimicked the footsteps of God chasing me down. Thompson brilliantly captures David's feeling of being hunted down … Continue reading The Hound of Heaven

Put your yam down and ask questions.

One of my all-time favourite poems is Niyi Osundare’s ‘Not my Business.’ I know poetry can appear dry and extremely abstract but I think this piece by Osundare is an exception. Have a read: They picked Akanni up one morningBeat him soft like clayAnd stuffed him down the bellyOf a waiting jeep.What business of mine … Continue reading Put your yam down and ask questions.

On heroes and nobility: a tribute to Chadwick Boseman

Reflecting on the tragic passing of Chadwick Boseman and watching the many YouTube videos of him speaking or others speaking about him, the one thread that stood out to me was just how much people were impacted by his role as King T'challa in Marvel's Black Panther. Personally, I didn't enjoy the movie - I … Continue reading On heroes and nobility: a tribute to Chadwick Boseman

Stay on the attack!

If you follow English football (not soccer!), you'll be aware of a particular coach famous for his 'park the bus' philosophy. I'm not claiming to be the world's leading football analyst but I know that on several occasions where I've watched this coach's team play under this 'park the bus' strategy, it was mind-numbingly boring. … Continue reading Stay on the attack!

Say ‘NO’ to spiritual blackmail

If you clicked on this hoping for a 5 minutes church/pastor bashing session, I'm very happy to disappoint you. When the phrase spiritual blackmail comes up, it's easy to swivel our necks around the church hall looking at others and not ourselves. I've been a Christian for a few years now and I think I … Continue reading Say ‘NO’ to spiritual blackmail

Same storm, different boats

Same storm, different boats. Pastor Rick Warren used this analogy in a recent conversation with Nicky and Pippa Gumbel (HTB Brompton). Our world has been besieged by relentless waves and hurricanes of grief, loss, pain, confusion and paralysis. We’re all stuck in a collective limbo; to ease lockdown or to not ease lockdown? The same … Continue reading Same storm, different boats