The Problem with Self-assessment

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

In the UK cars over three years old must pass an annual test to ensure that the vehicle is roadworthy.  The test covers 20 different aspects of the car and if something as small as a lightbulb is broken the car will fail.  Incredibly over 40% of cars do fail on their first attempt.   What would undoubtedly improve the … Read More

Don’t be Cinderella

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

It was 10pm and my youngest daughter called me to say that she was on her way home from a party in London.  The only problem was that, like Cinderella, she had left it too late.  She had to catch a bus and then a tube, and she simply didn’t have enough time to get to the station before the … Read More

Nothing there?

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

In CS Lewis’s famous tale. ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’, four children, Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy are sent to live with an eccentric professor in order to avoid the bombing of London during the Second World War.  His house is large and rambling with a seemingly endless number of staircases, corridors and rooms.  Exploring the house on … Read More

I was not lost

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

“I was not lost and did not need to be rescued.”  So said British adventurer Benedict Allen after being rescued from the jungle of Papua New Guinea.  He had missed his flight home, was suffering from the effects of malaria, and had recorded a video message in case he wasn’t found.  While Benedict was supremely confident in his ability to … Read More

Filling the Void

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

In a few weeks’ time the top of our dining table will once again emerge to serve it’s intended purpose as a place to eat.  This only happens on Christmas Day and it won’t be long before it reverts to its usual state as a dumping ground for all the things no one can be bothered to put away.  That’s … Read More

Children in Need

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

Writing in the 2nd century the physician Soranos lists the features of a new born child that determine whether it should live.  Vigorous crying, sound limbs and organs, open orifices, and lively movement were all required.  A child failing these tests might well be abandoned and left to die of exposure.   Fast forward 2,000 years and this month the … Read More

The courage of conviction

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

Five hundred years ago the world was a very different place.  Much of it was ruled by the Holy Roman Empire and the Roman Catholic Church, monoliths of power and dictating the lives of millions of people.  But that was all about to change as one man made his way to the University Church in Wittenberg, Germany and nailed a … Read More

It’s time to move in

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

I sometimes suspect that the Christians I meet are more like estate agents than they are homeowners.  Like a good estate agent, they know everything there is to know about the ‘property’ they are advertising.  They can talk at great length about God’s love, mercy and grace, and the transforming power of the Gospel.  But you somehow feel that they … Read More

Mark 16:9-20

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

9-11 After rising from the dead, Jesus appeared early on Sunday morning to Mary Magdalene, whom he had delivered from seven demons. She went to his former companions, now weeping and carrying on, and told them. When they heard her report that she had seen him alive and well, they didn’t believe her. 12-13 Later he appeared, but in a different form, … Read More

Avoiding Arrest

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

One hundred years ago this week Vladimir Lenin hurried through the streets of Moscow on his way to the Winter Palace, desperate to be at the forefront of the revolution breaking over Russia.  Wanted for high treason he was heavily disguised with a wig, cap and bandages around his face.  In a heart-stopping moment he bumped into two policemen, but … Read More