Watch Your Mouth

Words are powerful and potent. Words shape worlds and rotten words ruin relationships. Death and life are in the power of the tongue, said…


Honouring one another

It’s so easy to dig for dirt on each other's lives - mining for gold takes more time and effort. But there is gold in everybody.


Help with humility

You may remember that I'm working on a new book exploring healthy relationship practices drawing from the 'One Anothers' of the New…


Putting your hands to good work

If 10 years ago I knew all that was to come, I probably would’ve hidden under my bed :-)But God never promised us a life free of pain and…


Where is God right now?

If 10 years ago I knew all that was to come, I probably would’ve hidden under my bed :-)But God never promised us a life free of pain and…


Lessons from the past 10 years

If 10 years ago I knew all that was to come, I probably would’ve hidden under my bed :-)But God never promised us a life free of pain and…


Unity – attract Heaven, and impact the world!

In Psalm 133 the writer reminds us of the catalytic nature of unity – it brings a generous blessing from God. When people come forward for…


Take a deep breath

There can be moments when it all just becomes a bit much! When the pressures or responsibilities you have can feel like in a moment they…


Learning to sleep in a storm

I love a good storm, provided of course that I'm inside my house, cosily tucked up in bed! But if I was in a rickety-wooden boat, in the…


The first time I preached with a whisper

It's never happened to me before, but last month I had to cancel a preaching engagement because I lost my voice.


Don’t reject the struggles – they might just be saving your life!

Don't reject the struggles in life - they might just be saving your life! "What are you talking about Matt?" I hear you ask. Fair question.…


Preparing for storms

Resilience is about how we manage when the storms of life are battering us - what we do to get through rough weather? It is NOT about…


Servants, sons and daughters

Keep serving others. Definitely keep doing that. But remember, that before you are called to be servants, you are called to be beloved sons…


Talking to Teens

Today's teens are reporting higher levels of emotional distress than any before them. How do we support teens and young people with…


Nothing that you do for God is a waste of time or effort

Have you ever looked back on certain times of your life and wondered – what was that all about? OR perhaps you invested in a friendship…


Is it time to buy new shoes?

I bought my 'super-special" Gortex walking shoes back in the early Autumn of 2001. They are the most expensive 'shoes' I've ever bought,…


Waiting for dawn

This week I have been thinking about Psalm 23 (that one about the Lord is my Shepherd) - and specifically verse 4, a well known line which…


Everyone should be like Violet Evelyn Bailey

“We could all be sponsored to have our heads shaved” suggested Linda Jones, my PA. The thought terrified me and I was quick to say no - I…


The day I shaved my head…

“We could all be sponsored to have our heads shaved” suggested Linda Jones, my PA. The thought terrified me and I was quick to say no - I…


Good intentions don’t always lead to good decisions

When I look back on my 18 years at Urban Saints, there is one moment in particular that I still feel the pains of great regret. If I could…


When sleep won’t come

Insomnia is a reality that is incredibly common. In fact occasional insomnia - having trouble falling or staying asleep - is considered a…


Lessons from my £100,000 mistake

It wasn't a great start to my second year at Crusaders!In September 2001, we were hoping for over 3,000 young people to attend a massive…


It’s #oktosay – how talking about mental health in church could help us ALL feel better

Recent weeks have seen a media focus on mental health, encouraging us to have honest conversations about the often tricky world of feelings…


Can you really trust God?

It wasn't a great start to my second year at Crusaders!In September 2001, we were hoping for over 3,000 young people to attend a massive…


Tracking well – or going off the tracks?

Technology is everywhere - and its great! The recent addition of new family member ‘Alexa’ to our kitchen has produced many new…


The thing that God longs for the most

It was 2001 and I was half-asleep in an early morning breakfast devotional time at an Urban Saints staff conference. Tired voices did their…


Are you rowing or sailing?

I like to work hard! I really do! It comes naturally to me - particularly when I'm captivated by an inspirational goal! I'm an ENTJ on the…


Boundaries in pastoral care

So, you’re a church leader. And you’re involved in pastoral care. But what exactly are ‘boundaries’ and how can they help you, and the…


Check God’s compass

It was a cold November evening when I was in the office late at Crusaders back in the year 2000. I'd been working for the organisation for…


True humility

When I came to Urban Saints over 18 years ago, I was a little concerned that I would struggle with ego. Leaders of national organisations,…