I've been blogging on the internet since around 2005. First using hand-coded sites, blogging platforms and then using CMS such as Nucleus, Wordpress and Joomla.
All opinions expressed in these blog posts are my own.
In amongst all of the kerfuffle with Boris Johnson's latest remarks about the burkha making Muslim women look like letterboxes it's good to see that he doesn't actually support a ban like Denmark has just introduced.
I've been reading a series of books recently by Jason Goodwin which are known as Yashim the Detective series. Worth reading by the way, especially if you have an interest in the Ottoman empire and Constantinople.
It's a sad state of affairs we've come to in Britain when the unsubstantiated claim of 'harrassment' or 'offence' is used to shut down dissenting voices to the current zetgeist. I don't think I've seen or read about, in the 20 odd years of being a Christian, so many preachers of God's word being harrassed or arrested by the Police.
The Bible contains many instances where significant events have taken place in an 'upper room', not just the Jerusalem Upper Room. It seemed good to recount several of these. I've included scripture, a precis and some themes in each instance.
Over the years I've posted a lot of content online, in blogs, discussions, forums and social media. Looking back you often see how your outlook on life changes. When I was a lad I leant a lot towards the left. I was, and still remain a trade union member and even joined the Labour Party.
Immersed in worship one morning at our Sunday service I was struck by a couple of phrases in the song we were singing. It was by Hillsong and called My Story. The first phrase was "God will always be my strength" and the second was "To know You God is why I live".