St.Patrick’s Breastplate

celtic-crossChrist be with me, Christ within me
Christ behind me, Christ before me
Christ beside me, Christ to win me
Christ to comfort me and restore me.
Christ beneath me, Christ above me
Christ in quiet, Christ in danger
Christ in hearts of all that love me
Christ in mouth of friend or stranger.

(390-461 A.D.)


Abram Games

When I was at school, I thought my path would lead to a job in Graphic Design. Things didn’t work out as planned but I still have a huge appreciation for art.

Today, I readĀ an article on Abram Games and his war-time posters. I had a look through his work and picked out a couple of my favorites which areĀ posted below.

The one for London Transport (1937) is amazing. I love the simplicity, the colors, shapes and shadows used. Modern, yet Retro all at the same time.

The “Grow Your Own Food” poster further below is fromĀ 1942. Again, I love his use of bold colors. I really like how the spade doubles as a ship.




Man down! Man down!


We have just under one week to go before we have our first services in theĀ new STORYCHURCH facility at 100 Pleasant Drive, Durham.

As you can see in the photo above, our main man is down. Apparently some kind of flag football “accident” – Seth, I know a guilty face when I see one.

If you some spare time this week, come play a part in the final preparations for our grand opening on October 12th (9.15 & 11am).

Email hello@storychurch.org to see how you can help.


Chapter Two Update from STORYCHURCH!

There’s only one month left before we officially open our first permanent facility on October 12th. Here’s a video update from Pastor Jeremy on the status of the renovation project so far. You can play a part today!




The BBC reports today that a wife and mother in Austin, Texas has signed up for a one-way ticket to Mars with the Dutch company behind reality TV show, Big Brother. Sonia Van MeterĀ is currently on a shortlist of around 700 hopefuls to be part of a 20-40 strong team to set up a colony on Mars beginning in 2024.

The article is very interesting, particularly all the plans that various private companies have for Mars, however what propelled me to write this post is what SoniaĀ is leaving behind – a husband and step children. I can not fathom why she would want to do it.

My idea of marriage is about dreaming together, growing together and reaching goalsĀ together.

Yes, of course I understand how cool this opportunity is – to be one of the first humans to inhabit another planet, not to mention all the potential contributions to science and learning.

But there is one problem – if Sonia is selected, she’s never coming back.

Here is what Sonia says about her choice.

“This is the biggest risk I’ll ever take, but some things are worth that risk,” says Van Meter. “If there isn’t something out there you’re willing to put down your life for, you haven’t really found what you want in life. I feel quite lucky.”

There is no risk here. It’s pretty much a suicide mission. Risk implies there’s an exit plan and they don’t have one. Also, I don’t think it’s something worth dying for at all – there’s plenty of causes right here on earth that are worthy of that.