About

Welcome to “At the crossroads” – a blog from Alastair Gledhill. This is where I write stuff, share the odd photo, and reference the music I’m listening to at the time.

About the blog

This is my ‘thinking aloud’ space. I keep a diary and scribble notes of thoughts left, right and centre, but from time to time I have something more coherent to say. This is where I do that.

This blog has emerged from the remnants of some writing occasional writing experiments. For a while I was writing a post every day, following a set of prompts. A small number of those posts are still archived here.

The name comes from Jeremiah 6:16:

Stand at the crossroads and look;
    ask for the ancient paths,
ask where the good way is, and walk in it,
    and you will find rest for your souls.

I know of no definition of theology that is both simpler and more comprehensive.

  • Stand at the ‘crossroads’ of any topic or ethic or text or decision. We needn’t rush; there is a time for reflection and gathering our thoughts.
  • Look out and survey the scenery; ultimately, look to Christ and make his agenda ours.
  • Ask for the ‘ancient paths’ and the ‘good way’ that others have trodden before us. That means looking to our fellow-travellers for their wisdom and help, but further it means discerning the wisdom of God in his word.
  • Walk in it. Be wise. Commit the standing and looking and asking to action. Continue on the right road.

In so doing, we find rest for our souls; our ultimate need and God’s ultimate blessing.

Reviews

From time to time I like to review the books I’ve read or the exhibitions I’ve seen or the films I’ve watched or the concerts I’ve gone to.

Listening to…

When I post items to the blog, I include a reference to the song or piece of music I’ve been listening to while preparing it. I usually write with music on in the background, and it’s part of the experience of writing in the same way as a soundtrack is part of the experience of watching a film. Blog readers are essentially deaf to the soundtrack in this sense, so I include a song that I’ve been listening to at the time of writing as a small indication of the music behind the words.

I have also made a ‘Playlist’ page template that lists all the songs I’ve referenced in this way, along with the title and date of the post that I wrote while listening to them.