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10 Christian podcasts to grow your faith

Posted by Anne Witton on Wednesday, February 7, 2018, In : Random stuff 


This is the third post in my series on recommended podcasts and there are some absolute gems to discover.

(1) Nomad 
Topic: Interviews with Christian thinkers
Frequency: Fortnightly
Run time: Variable. Usually about 90 mins.
This is my current favourite and I listen to it while I’m swimming (on a waterproof MP3 player). Tim and David present a fascinating showcase of thoughtful viewpoints. Topics range from ecology, uncertainty and consumerism to LGBT identity, the arts, and mission-shap...


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The Monk and the Woman

Posted by Anne Witton on Wednesday, January 24, 2018, In : Random stuff 


Two Buddhist monks, on their way to the monastery, found an exceedingly beautiful woman at the river bank. Like them, she wanted to cross the river, but the water was too high. So one of them took her across on his shoulders.

The other was thoroughly scandalised. For two hours he scolded the offender for his breach of the Rule: Had he forgotten he was a monk? How had he dared to touch the woman? And worse, carry her over the river? And what would people say? Had he not disgraced their holy Rel...

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Cryptic Christmas Carols and Songs

Posted by Anne Witton on Tuesday, December 5, 2017, In : Random stuff 


Here's a bit of seasonal fun for you - 15 cryptic clues to popular Christmas songs. Enjoy!

  1. Ms Vorderman in Brighton
  2. Snooker's Mr. Junhui and Vietnam's currency happily elevated
  3. Ms. Valance and the evergreen climber
  4. Advertising song, Taco _____ , Blackpool treat
  5. Petite male timpanist
  6. Deep satisfaction to the earth
  7. One spied a trio of vessels
  8. Quiet after sunset
  9. Small, mafia boss, door opener
  10. Toboggan trip
  11. Folk story of the Big Apple
  12. The Almighty, pause, you inebriated chaps
  13. Triplicate monarchs
  14. On the desolat...

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10 more great podcasts

Posted by Anne Witton on Thursday, November 9, 2017, In : Random stuff 


In a previous post, I shared 12 of my favourite podcasts. I know that many of you enjoyed discovering them and so I thought I’d share 10 more podcasts that are enjoyable and informative.

As before, all of these are available free through iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher and other Podcast services.

Topic: Theology
Frequency: Weekly
Running time: 40 - 60 mins
From the makers of the excellent Bible Project videos, this podcast comprises dialogue between hosts Tim and Jon...

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11 Christian musicians who are worth a listen

Posted by Anne Witton on Wednesday, August 9, 2017, In : Random stuff 


I always like getting recommendations of new artists to check out, so I hope you’ll enjoy discovering some new favourites here. In no particular order:

  1. Jane Kitson
    North-East based Jane Kitson is a talented singer-songwriter, pianist, guitarist (and probably plays other instruments as well), with a great voice.

  2. Aaron Taylor
    Soulful Aaron Taylor is so mellow and his R&B sounds are silky smooth.

  3. mStork
    mStork is ‘not your average rap package, unabashedly expansive and genuinely rebellious'. His l...

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Cryptic Christians Quiz

Posted by Anne Witton on Monday, July 24, 2017, In : Random stuff 


Every now and again I like to post something a bit lighthearted on my blog, and this time I've written a series of cryptic clues to lead you to the names of famous Christians past and present. See if you can get them all without looking stuff up on Google!

  1. Redeemed, eighth month, adolescent 
  2. Dad's Army's Mr Dunn, paper-fasteners, Oxford crime-solver
  3. Mr Major has a bony foot deformity
  4. Fairy take goat, Golden cereal
  5. Ultimate, toilet, vehicle, uncooked-bread
  6. Triple-jumping puritan theologian?
  7. Mr Presco...

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Educational, inspirational and funny treats for your ears: 12 of my favourite podcasts

Posted by Anne Witton on Friday, May 26, 2017, In : Random stuff 


I find that listening to podcasts helps me to engage with big ideas, be more informed about the world around me, and enjoy some top-class entertainment. Maybe you haven’t tried podcasts yet, or maybe you’re looking for some new favourites. There are thousands of brilliant free podcasts out there just waiting to be discovered, but where do you start? Well, hopefully this list of my 12 favourites will point you in the right direction.

All of these are available free through iTunes, Google Pl...

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Legal drug

Posted by Anne Witton on Saturday, April 29, 2017, In : Random stuff 


I've been doing a lot of thinking and reading recently about how technology affects our emotional and spiritual lives. Once I've formulated my thoughts, I'm sure I'll write something about it here.

In the meantime, I discovered a load of old poetry when I was sorting through some folders on my computer. This is a poem that I wrote when I was 17 in 1994, before most people had the internet and long before social media and smartphones. It's interesting to re-discover it and realise that I seem t...
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40th birthday reflections

Posted by Anne Witton on Friday, November 25, 2016, In : Random stuff 
Last week was a significant week for me as I marked my 40th birthday! It was great to be surrounded by family and friends and also to reflect on how far God has brought me. I am reminded of John 10: 10 when Jesus says "I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full." I haven't always been able to grasp that, but as I celebrated with so many people that I treasure all around me and thought about the hope I have in Christ, I feel immensely grateful to him for everything he's given...
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The Wind and the Sun

Posted by Anne Witton on Thursday, August 4, 2016, In : Random stuff 


As a child, my favourite book was a collection of Aesop's fables. I loved the tales of animals and people facing moral dilemmas, and the important lessons I could learn from them.

As I've been thinking about how to communicate my faith in a postmodern world, a particular story came to mind, so I thought I'd share it here.

The Wind and the Sun

The wind and the sun were once arguing about which of them was the stronger. As they could not agree, they decided to arrange a contest.

"You see that trave...
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Sheep Thief

Posted by Anne Witton on Tuesday, July 5, 2016, In : Random stuff 



At primary school, we often used to have stories in assembly and there is one in particular that has stuck with me. It was a tale of two brothers in a rural community who once stole some sheep. They were caught and their punishment was to have the letters ‘ST’ for ‘Sheep Thief’ branded onto their foreheads so that everyone would know of their crime and the kind of people they were.

One of the brothers was so ashamed that he ran away to far off lands. Wherever he went, people were susp...


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If students wrote the Bible

Posted by Anne Witton on Monday, October 5, 2015, In : Random stuff 


  • Instead of God creating the world in six days and resting on the seventh, he would have put it off until the night before it was due and then pulled an all-nighter.
  • The Last Supper would have been eaten the next morning, cold.
  • The forbidden fruit would still have been eaten because anything is better than the food in halls.
  • Paul's letter to the Romans becomes Paul's e-mail to believers@romans.gov
  • Reason Cain killed Abel: they were living in the one bedsit and the dishes weren't getting done.
  • The t...

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Biblical Top Trumps

Posted by Anne Witton on Wednesday, August 5, 2015, In : Random stuff 


Whilst sorting through files on my computer, I came across a home-made set of Top Trumps based on Biblical characters that I devised about 12 years ago. The rules of the game are quite simple and are as follows:

Object: To win all the cards

Preparation: Deal the cards out so that each person has the same number. Pour yourself a drink and put some Twigletts in a bowl (optional)

Play: Each player holds their pack and only looks at the top card. Choose who starts first (an arm-wrestle is usually a ...

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Princess Anne visits Gateshead Foodbank

Posted by Anne Witton on Tuesday, March 24, 2015, In : Random stuff 


Yesterday I had the privilege of meeting royalty as Princess Anne visited the Foodbank where I volunteer. The Princess spent a good amount of time chatting with us and finding out about how the Foodbank works.

There was lots of press coverage of the event. We had a great write up in the Chronicle which included a little interview with me, and I was also interviewed for BBC Look North.

It was a lovely occasion and will hopefully raise the profile of the Foodbank so that more people will support ...
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Where do you weigh a pie?

Posted by Anne Witton on Tuesday, December 9, 2014, In : Random stuff 
...Somewhere over the rainbow!

I love a good cracker joke and have been collecting up favourites to share with you. Enjoy!



Q. Why did no-one bid for Rudolph and Blitzen on eBay?
A. Because they were two deer.

Q. How do you know if Santa's been in your garden shed?
A. You've got three extra hoes.

Q. What's the most popular Christmas wine?
A. 'I don't like Brussels sprouts!'

Q. What operating system do Advent calendars use?
A. Windows 24

Q. What do you call a fish with no eyes?
A. Fsh!

Q. Why are horse-dra...

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