It always feels a bit odd, writing about yourself, don’t you think? One feels torn between classic English self-deprecation (“Oh, don’t look at me. Nothing to see here.”) and the thought that if I don’t blow my trumpet, sure as bacon is bacon, no-one else is going to.
So here’s me in one of my favourite places in the world – the library of Wesley House, Cambridge.
The windows at one end look inward to the quad and beautiful Arts-and-Crafts chapel, the world of academia and theology. The windows at the other end look out over the rooftops of the city, where real people live real lives, with real problems and joys.
The place in between, where I am sitting, is where we try to relate the one to the other. Practical Theology, with real applications for real people, and that is what (I hope) you will find here.
As well as the devotional books and scripts, I write The Reflectionary, a widely-read blog of resources for churches, families and schools’ ministry with annual readership topping 70,000 and spanning the globe. Most of the contents of my books has appeared on The Reflectionary in some form.
I also contribute regularly to the URC’s daily devotions and prayer handbooks. Even if you are not URC, I recommend these books – there’s some fab stuff in them (and not just mine).
My academic publications include research into children’s spirituality and, somewhat earlier in life, mathematical modelling of noise propagation. (Thrilling, eh?)
I worship at a large, lively Anglican church, where I am part of the AAW and Messy Church teams.
When not writing, I teach maths and science for a living and spend the rest of my time being creative. I live in the English midlands in a house full of noise and glue sticks and mess, which I blame on the kids, but it’s me really.