Perhaps a little late to the blogging scene, and consistently inconsistent with my posting. Undoubtedly though, there is something incredibly liberating about organising your thoughts in such a way as to condense them down into words and lay them out on a page before you. The seemingly random patterns of thoughts which are in one way constrained by being limited to words in another gain a freedom from the security of development and structure.
A little about myself: I’m Richard, from Waterlooville in Hampshire, but am currently living in Birmingham. I’ve just finished a degree in Political Science and International Relations at the University of Birmingham and am now working part-time for Oasis Church, and part-time for a local supermarket. From when I first learnt about a man called Jesus, I have found myself ever more deeply desiring to run after Him, to know Him more closely, and to live in the light of the freedom, security and abundant life that He offers, and to reveal that to others through everything I do. This is something I frequently fail at, but seek more and more every day. I also lead worship from time to time, speak/preach at home and away, and enjoy Fifa, Football Manager and (somewhat guiltily) Taylor Swift. I’m blessed with a fantastic family – Mum (Mandy), Dad (Graham) and younger sister (Beth) – some incredible friends and an amazingly supportive church community both in Waterlooville and Birmingham.
This year, I’m doing my best to blog about my year as a Pastoral Trainee with Oasis; things that go well, things that don’t go so well, and everything in between. Thanks so much for reading!