The pen is mightier than the sword and far easier to write with.
Like for other external processors, writing feels like a pretty vital part of being myself. And over the years, I guess I've been helped to see it can be something to share with others too.
In recent years I've contributed to Explore, a quarterly set of daily Bible-reading notes published internationally by The Good Book Company.
I've also had the privilege of writing (or co-writing!) a couple of devotional books on the Bible, with one more due out next year, which 10ofthose have kindly published:
- Finding Hope Under Bethlehem Skies: 25 Daily Advent Reflections from the book of Ruth (2021)
- 1 Corinthians: Not in vain - 31 Undated Devotions through the book of 1 Corinthians (2019). This is also available for free on the YouVersion app.
- Finding Mercy on the Way of Sorrow: 40 Daily Lent Reflections from the book of Lamentations (forthcoming - 2024)
I am currently pursuing a DMin in Church Planting in Western Europe with Asbury Seminary and the Gregory Centre for Church Multiplication, so that's a whole lot more words.
My 2019 MA dissertation in Theology & Ministry has been published online by Churches Together in England and is titled, "So Much For The City: Reflecting on Experiences of ‘Small Town' Church-Planting in a UK context, in dialogue with Tim Keller’s ‘Center Church’ Planting Model for Cities."
Of course, it's all just words. Vapour. Here today, gone tomorrow (well, ok, they stick around on the internet for a bit). Yes, words can do 'serious things' - and my prayer is they build up the Church, magnify the grace of Jesus Christ, and perhaps make you smile deep down in your gut - as you enjoy what Martin Luther called 'that happy certainty'.
But if you think I'm taking myself too seriously, then, please, have a word...