Progress in the Christian life is not a given. The Bible frequently uses the term "walking with God," which suggests that we should be moving forward in our faith and growing closer to God with every step, but for some that walk can meander off in another direction or even seem to grind to a complete halt. The problem for us is that God keeps on moving and therefore our standing still can leave us feeling like we're going backwards.
I picked up on the story of the Rev.(sic) Mark Townsend in the Sunday papers this week. For those of you who missed this little gem, Mr Townsend, who is also a part time magician, has turned in his Anglican dog collar after falling out with church leaders and has now set up his own virtual church on Facebook.