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Weekly Review | Cold Snap?

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Every Sunday I write a more personal post reflecting on my week and also looking forward to the week ahead. For my full posting schedule, which includes regular posts about theology, philosophy, and music, click here.

In the UK this week we’ve experienced what weather forecasters having been calling a ‘cold snap’ – a short spell of uncharacteristically cold weather. Why anyone would describe a few days of snow as a ‘snap’ is a mystery to me, so if there are any knowledgable wordsmiths reading who can offer an explanation, let me know!

As the cold weather hit, my boiler broke. I was without hot water and heating for a couple of days, and under about 8 layers of clothing I still had freezing fingers and toes, and didn’t feel like reading or writing or doing anything much – all I could do was watch the snow pile up and wait for the boiler repair person.

Experiences like this should make us count our blessings, and I was so grateful for the shelter, clothing, and electricity which meant that I could still make cups of tea and heat up some food. It turns out that a frozen pipe outside the building was causing the fault with the boiler, and apparently very many people were having the same problem. By Friday afternoon I was back up and running, and having a hot shower on Friday evening was pure bliss!

This Week’s Posts

In my Thursday Theology post this week I looked at the way technology is increasingly impinging upon what I called our ‘biological freedom’. I looked at the example of sex robots, questioning what they will mean for sexual morality, and I also suggested that implants and other invasive technologies will become increasingly prevalent in the coming years, leading to difficult decisions for Christians.

In my Friday Philosophy post I continued my sweep through some of the big ideas associated with the presocractic thinkers, focusing this week on Pythagoras and his fascination with numbers. This gave me a chance to briefly state my own theory of meaning, which in essence is that no word or number has intrinsic meaning, but instead that meaning arises due to God creating impressions in our awareness.

Machines Artwork
New Song Out on Saturday 10th March

For those of you who aren’t aware, I’m in the midst of a songwriting and recording project, and am releasing ten songs over ten months. I’m currently finalising track seven; a heavy rock song entitled ‘Machines Taking Over the World’, which will be available to stream for free on Saturday.


The Week Ahead

It’s going to be a busy one! As well as my scheduled posts, on Wednesday I’m going to be publishing an interview with one of my favourite bloggers, and then on Saturday I’ll be posting again around the single release.

I’m currently reading ‘When Jesus Returns’ by David Pawson, an interesting book that I’ve just started so I’m looking forward to making some inroads into that in the coming week. What are you reading at the moment? Please let me know in the comments.

If you have any prayer requests, feel free to leave a comment or email me via the Contact page. Please know that even if you don’t give me a specific request, every Sunday afternoon I spend some quality time in prayer and I always lift up my blog followers to the Lord, asking for His blessing and favour over your lives in the coming week.

Have a wonderful week, and thank you so much for reading!


  1. Crikey the broke boiler experience- sounded full on dude! Great that you could still be thankful and there is nothing like a warm shower right? ( I live in Melbourne Australia where the winter gets as low as like mmm 9 degrees and no snow lol so I have no idea what that cold of been like for ya.

    May you have a great start to the week dude.

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    1. Haha yeah it was amazing when the heating came back on! We’re not used to it being this cold over here, on Wednesday over in Birmingham (Northern England) it was -13!

      Thank you so much, bro. Wishing you an amazing week too. Am going to read your latest blog post in a minute. God bless!

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  2. On Wednesday, daughter popped in after work for a cup of coffee…
    I took a mug out of the cupboard, and it was so cold, the kettle water caused it to crack – I know the kitchen is chilly, but that cold!
    On Thursday, the temperature (inside!) had dropped to 9 degrees… boiler frozen!
    Thankfully all is now working, but like you say, it does make me so grateful for warmth, shelter, food and drink…

    Hope this week is a good one for you!

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  3. “Cold snap” apparently originates from the snapping sound made from a jaw closing quickly. Biting. Snapping. Similar to “biting cold,” but signifying both the bite of the cold and the quick nature of it coming and going.

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    1. Thank you! There are currently major problems with the water supply and nothing is coming out of the taps so I might have to find bottled water tomorrow… we’re not used to this in the UK!

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  4. “cold snap” I think means snap your fingers ant it quickly turns much colder than it’s been 😊 having grown up in Northern New York winters, I’m well-acquainted with furnaces quitting on the coldest day and water heated on wood stove or rangeπŸ˜†. My latest reads are: Tales Of The Vine, by Wayne Jacobsen, Our Hands Are Stained With Blood by Michael L. Brown, Dutch Sheets’ Authority In Prayer and just began A Diary of Miracles by Aliss Cresswell

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