Month: June 2014


Folly Rainbow

I took this photo on the Folly Ridge last week (click the photo to see it enlarged). In all seriousness, the photo does not even remotely do justice to the sheer intensity of this rainbow – it was probably the most spectacular rainbow I have personally ever seen!

Rainbows have been incredibly significant for myself and Michelle on our church planting adventure here in Trevethin. Neither of us will ever forget the impact that one rainbow in particular had on us back in 2007. It was the day that we were moving from Cardiff into our new home on Trevethin estate. We were travelling along with our then one year old daughter in a car bursting with belongings and hearts full of both faith and fear. We were so excited and so daunted. So expectant and so out of our depth. We were leaving family, friends and all that was familiar behind us and driving full-force into the next chapter of our life.

It was as we driving down the dual carriageway from Croesyceiliog to the bottom of New Inn that we saw it – a huge, bright, shining rainbow that literally straddled the valley from the Western side to Trevethin in the east.

It was stunning.



We wept and prayed as we drove into “the Land of Promise” grabbing God’s covenant promise with both hands as fresh faith started to rise. And there have been dozens more rainbows along the way. They’ve showed up in hours of hardship, times of trouble and seasons  of suffering. Each time God graciously reminds us of His great mercy and enduring faithfulness.

This latest rainbow was especially poignant because it stretched above the Folly Tower – the place where I asked Michelle to be my wife almost 13 years ago, and where she crazily said yes! It reminded me yet again that God is faithful for both the mission He called us to and the marriage He has blessed us with. I find great comfort in the fact that even though we are so often faithless, He remains faithful because He cannot deny Himself.

Thank you Lord!

“And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant that I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations: I have set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth. When I bring clouds over the earth and the bow is seen in the clouds, I will remember my covenant that is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh. And the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh. When the bow is in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.” God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant that I have established between me and all flesh that is on the earth.” (Genesis 9 v 12-17)

RED community website

Hey guys, just a real quick post to share 2 things:

1. The brand new website for RED Community went live today! You can find it here. Just want to say a MASSIVE thank you to my friend, Rich Saunders, who has worked hard over the last few months to build this site for us. We will be adding more and more content over the coming weeks, so keep an eye out for that.

2. Today will probably be the last #FreedomFriday post here at Sanctified Rant as from now on the majority of the articles that I write about human trafficking will be posted on the blog at the new RED Community website, along with articles from many others with a passion for justice and freedom.

Thanks for walking with us.

Have a great weekend!




10 life lessons from a Navy Seal

So I stumbled across this blog post last week and I was so struck by it that I felt I should repost it here at the Rant. It took me ages to read (on my phone), so as you can imagine I was a bit gutted to discover that the full speech was available as a YouTube video at the bottom. So I’m gonna spare you the same frustration – you can read the transcript below, or if you’d prefer you can scroll to the bottom and watch the video.

Either way, this was a fantastic speech which, while not the usual gospelish stuff I post here on my blog, certainly has many parallels to the Christian life and gospel ministry (and some great sermon illustrations too!)

Enjoy…  (more…)