Resurrection’s Child (From The Archives)

It is one thing to believe that Christ has risen.  It is another thing to believe that we have risen.  It is one thing to believe He has defeated death.  It is another thing to believe that in Him we also have defeated death.  I am not referring here to going to Heaven when this … Continue reading Resurrection’s Child (From The Archives)

Grieving In Zion

I can say no more about the poem below than this:  there will be those who will treat it like a snack on the run and quickly move on to something more satisfying.  Hopefully, there will also be those to whom it will be more like an anticipated expensive meal, to be tasted, carefully considered and allowed to be digested in full.  By reading … Continue reading Grieving In Zion

Burning Questions

There were two burning questions on Jesus’ mind concerning those who followed Him. The first was uttered on the Road to Caesarea Philippi: ‘Who do you say I am?’ The second came not long after, on a day when many would-be disciples turned back from Him: ‘Do you also want to go away?’ Interestingly, both … Continue reading Burning Questions

Signal Fires: A Meditation on Psalm 19:1-4

The heavens proclaim the glory of God. The skies display his craftsmanship. Day after day they continue to speak; night after night they make him known. They speak without a sound or word; their voice is never heard yet their message has gone throughout the earth, and their words to all the world.  Psalm 19:1-4, … Continue reading Signal Fires: A Meditation on Psalm 19:1-4

What If Revival Doesn’t Look Like Revival ?

Y'know how everyone says they want revival?  And y'know how so many only really want a revival they can control or own or put their name on somehow?  Oh, you didn't?  OK, we must move in different circles.  Nevermind.  But have you noticed God's up to something, and it's not in the rule book?  Here's something to chew … Continue reading What If Revival Doesn’t Look Like Revival ?

From The Archives: An Un-Christmas Carol

The night was not so silent: In the bustling streets Crowds pushed and poked With shoving elbows and trampling feet Men cursed Dust choked Indifferent to a woman heavy with child In desperate need of a place to sleep   The little town was not so still: It’s streets and houses overflowing With one night … Continue reading From The Archives: An Un-Christmas Carol

The Question

This is not the post I planned to share today.  Today many of us are grappling with deep sadness and questions no one can answer. This weekend we were brought once again to the shattering reality that humanity is in deep, agonising trouble. While politicians promise dramatic responses, musicians comfort us with gentle tunes, and … Continue reading The Question

From The Archives: Unwashed Feet

"Come right on in” said the usher at the door You’re so welcome today, please find a seat” Failing to notice as the crowd pressed in The stranger she welcomed had unwashed feet   The stranger sat down in the very front row An elder came up with a knowing smile “I’m sorry this row’s … Continue reading From The Archives: Unwashed Feet

Awakening

Sometimes we need a reality check.   Sometimes we fall for our own propaganda.  Sometimes we just need to sit at the feet of Jesus long enough, still enough, to cease striving to live up to our own warped image of ourself.   Sometimes, no often, we need to give ourselves permission to admit we don't have it all together and quite … Continue reading Awakening

An Un-Christmas Carol

  The night was not so silent: In the bustling streets Crowds pushed and poked With shoving elbows and trampling feet Men cursed Dust choked Indifferent to a woman heavy with child In desperate need of a place to sleep   The little town was not so still: It’s streets and houses overflowing With one … Continue reading An Un-Christmas Carol

Featured Poem for July: Creation

Creation   Creation is groaning Laden with weariness Like a prisoner confined to shadows Aching with indefinable loss Haunted by elusive memories Of a distant day of brightness When nothing hungered And Adam’s touch Was free of fear   Creation is listening Straining to hear again The laughter of innocence Echoing like a melodic song … Continue reading Featured Poem for July: Creation

Featured Poem for February: All The Way Home

Bread for the Bride will take a short break for a couple of weeks while I am away teaching in Asia.  In the meantime here is the  featured work of poetry for this new month of February.  This is a new poem called All the Way Home, previously unpublished.  I hope it blesses you immensely. =============================== … Continue reading Featured Poem for February: All The Way Home

Featured Poem for September: The Promise

The Promise The breeze toyed playfully with His hair Tugging wistfully at His robe At the tread of His sandals The earth sighed with inexpressible hope Sunlight wrapped joyfully around His frame And danced with delight on His face Waves stumbled softly one over another In gleeful contest to caress His feet Wind and storm … Continue reading Featured Poem for September: The Promise

News from Bread for the Bride

Dear Friends, In the year 2000 the Lord  began 'downloading' worship songs to me, even though I had never previously in my life written a song and could play only a few basic chords on guitar (that part hasn't changed much!). There are now over 60 of these songs which are shared in our home church and beyond whenever possible. … Continue reading News from Bread for the Bride