Taking down the Christmas decorations is hard. We took all ours down on Sunday. They’ve been up from the beginning of December and we didn’t feel we could push them any further. It doesn’t matter that the tree is starting to drop more and more needles, it was still hard to say goodbye.

Compared to putting the decorations up, taking them down is a much easier job, but the emotional incentive just isn’t there. The decorations represent good things, and taking them down means the end of those good things!


Looking back it’s clear to see that 2018 has been a great year for me and for us as a family. There’s lots to be thankful for and still lots to look forward to in 2019!

It’s traditional at this time to set yourself some goals for the year ahead. So here are mine.

This year I want to Read More, Write More and Play More.


Some of you might remember that I started doing the Bible in a Year this year. I’ll forgive you for forgetting/missing it. The last time I mentioned it was back in May, but now I finally got around to writing an update for the blog!

Anyway, I made it! By the time the year is through I will have read every word in the Bible for the very first time in my life! I can honestly say that it has been life changing!

It’s been so good that I’m going to do it again in 2019. I’ve been able to read the New Testament in the light of the whole Old Testament, now I want to read the Old Testament again in the light of the whole narrative.


It appears that the EU are quietly trying to sneak in a law that would cripple the internet within Europe by forcing content filtering, particularly around the problems of copyright infringement. I knew nothing about the law until today, but already 15 MEPs have voted for the article to go before the European Parliament.

You can find out more about what’s going on from the Electronic Frontier Foundation and saveyourinternet.eu (where you can also take action).

After the fold is a copy of the email I have sent the MEPs in the UK through the saveyourinternet.eu site.


I have always enjoyed reading the Bible, and I’ve always enjoyed trying to read it in more depth and breadth, moving beyond the oft quoted verses or phrases (which are usually taken out of context). Whilst I’ve managed in the past to read whole books, or to read some part of the Bible every day (a habit I’ve not always been good at maintaining) I have never, in my 33 years, read the entire Bible cover-to-cover, despite trying a couple of times.

Right back at the start of the year a friend of mine started one of those “read the Bible in a year” plans on the YouVersion app and decided to invite some friends to read along, using the Plans with friends feature. I’m glad he did, and I’d like to tell you a little bit about why I think it’s so good.