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.
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.
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.