14 FEB 1963 – 20 FEB 2023

In recognition of Dr Mike I wanted to share what I wrote to him earlier this month – a brief expression of my deep appreciation for his life and his ministry. I am a student of his theology school and the school administration kindly passed on these words to be read to him by his family shortly before his graduation ‘to the unseen realm’. Dr Mike was a tenacious bible scholar and an excellent teacher, one of a tiny number of individuals whose influence on my walk with God has been profound.

Dr Mike,

I can think of no other biblical scholar who has managed, as you have, to reach into the hearts and minds of fringe dwellers and perennial questioners like myself – those who really want to know the truth but have found themselves dislocated from mainstream Christianity. You helped me to see the full technicolour glory of the scriptural picture, and to grasp the astonishing reality of what it means to be an ‘imager’. Your wisdom and insight are an inspiration.

God bless you.

With gratitude,


If you’d like to know more about the theology school that Dr Mike founded, please see this website:


Or you can browse his own website for a vast array of listening and reading introductions:


There is a digital memorial for him here:


And for an enjoyable introduction to Dr Mike’s insight into the supernatural view as presented throughout scripture, watch this documentary:

An act of consent

“Let the command of His love be felt at the roots of my existence. Then let me understand that I do not consent to exist, but that I exist in order to consent. This is the living source of virtuous action: for all our good acts are acts of consent to the indications of His mercy and the movements of His grace.”

Thomas Merton, No Man Is An Island

The original serenity prayer

God, give us grace to accept with serenity
the things that cannot be changed,
Courage to change the things
which should be changed,
and the Wisdom to distinguish
the one from the other.

Living one day at a time,
Enjoying one moment at a time,
Accepting hardship as a pathway to peace,
Taking, as Jesus did,
This sinful world as it is,
Not as I would have it,
Trusting that You will make all things right,
If I surrender to Your will,
So that I may be reasonably happy in this life,
And supremely happy with You forever in the next.


Reinhold Niebuhr (1892-1971) - unabridged, original version.

Travel in darkness and uncertainty

Wherever we have some sign of God’s will, we are obliged to conform to what that sign tells us. We should do so with pure intention, obeying God’s will because it is good in itself as well as good for us.

It takes more than an occasional act of faith to have such pure intention. It takes a whole life of faith, a total consecration to hidden values. It takes sustained moral courage and heroic confidence in the help of divine grace.

But above all it takes the humility and spiritual poverty to travel in darkness and uncertainty, where so often we have no light and see no sign at all.

Thomas Merton, No man is an island