I became a Christian, much to my surprise, aged twenty whilst hitchhiking in Europe. Around the time of the Olympic Games I was in Munich, Germany and fell into conversation with some young believers. Always good with words, I easily held them at bay with my own ‘clever’ views and beliefs.

 

Yet, these people were my own age, and some of them had been into the same things that I was into at the time - the counter culture of alternative lifestyles, free love, eastern religion and philosophy and plentiful quantities of mind-altering substances. They spoke of the peace they had as believers in Jesus Christ. It was a peace that, irritatingly, showed in their faces. As I say, I batted their ideas away but behind my mask of confidence another conversation was going on. Eventually, rather like C.S. Lewis, I found myself faced with a decision. Knowing myself too well, I doubted I could keep up a Christian lifestyle, but was wisely told that God would help me. I decided to believe and it all kicked off from there. I have never regretted taking that step of faith. The reality of faith in Christ, which many cannot see, is that he walks with the believer powerfully guiding and enabling. We do not follow in our own strength, how could we? We walk with his strength within us.

 

I could go on at length but I’ll simply say this. In my faith I’ve been tested and tried, educated and grown, sometimes painfully, but I’ve never given up. The proof of the pudding, as they say, is in the eating. It’s been many years since that early awakening and God has never let me down. Although I have let him down many times. For nearly twenty years, sharing my faith was intrinsically linked to my career as a musician and singer. Then for another twenty I was a Church of England minister.

 

I recently heard Dolly Parton say something like: I’m not as good as I should be but I’m not as bad as I could be. I think that sums me up pretty well. I’d also like to say that, if my faith is a delusion, well, I’ve never found a better one. So, I’ll stick with it.

 

I am available to answer questions about why I am a Christian and my experiences in faith. Email me using the CONTACT page on this website with any sincere questions that you may have.

I will do my best to answer as helpfully as I can.

   

Understandably my work reflects the faith and values that give my life meaning. I’ve always tried to write heartfelt, honest songs and poems on a variety of subjects. Some have a clear Christian message but I don’t do propaganda. I have therefore written everything from romantic love songs and social comment to songs for congregations to sing.

 

1982       Love & Let Live

1982       Love & Let Live

1982       Love & Let Live

1982       Love & Let Live

1982       Love & Let Live

1982       Love & Let Live

1982       Love & Let Live

 

1984       Believing is Seeing

1984       Believing is Seeing

1984       Believing is Seeing

1984       Believing is Seeing

1984       Believing is Seeing

 

1988       Promised Release

1988       Promised Release

1988       Promised Release

1988       Promised Release 

Poems that may deepen your faith;

  • The Day Greets Us

  • One thing I know

  • Fidelity's Heart

  • In a Church Yard

  • Who Dictates?

  • Dying Young

  • More Miles to Go

  • A wind is blowing

  • Better Regions

All songs on the album PEACE are intended for use in Christian worship;

1995        Peace

1995        Peace

1995        Peace

1995        Peace

1995        Peace

1995        Peace

1995        Peace

1995        Peace

1995        Peace

1995        Peace

1995        Peace

 

2014       Unplugged Vol 1

2014       Unplugged Vol 1

2014       Unplugged Vol 1

2014       Unplugged Vol 1

2014       Unplugged Vol 1

2015       Unplugged Vol 2

2015       Unplugged Vol 2

2015       Unplugged Vol 2

2015       Unplugged Vol 2

2015       Unplugged Vol 2

Better Regions

Oh, but there are better regions

Wonders beyond this shoreline

Citadels of light, opalescent mountains

Where resolution dances

Ageless, flowing, unending

Dancing like a mother’s hands

 

Stand up, look out

Beyond the shore

Beyond this point

See our rubble

Redeemed in opulent light

                                       

© Stuart Penny Jan 2019

 

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Some of the items on this website most clearly about the Christian life of faith are listed here (Click on the title to hear the songs):