Thursday, February 19, 2009



I believe there is an issue of stewardship here.

All that we have is a gift from God. We may enjoy our posessions, but we do need to give account to the Lord of how we have used them.

Carpet cleaning services are necessary to keep homes really clean, but they are very expensive. Replacing carpets costs even more. Having a shoes-off policy considerably reduces the need for maintaining carpets and other kinds of flooring. Therefore, as stewards of God's gifts, I would suggest that Christians ought to strongly consider the benefits of having a shoes-off policy in their homes.

Clean homes can also be more effectively used in the service of the Kingdom. Homes can be put to so many uses; entertaining visiting speakers, providing shelter for those who need it, hosting fellowship meetings (I think a good case can be made for holding all church meetings in homes) and Church lunches. Keeping homes shoe-free means that larger numbers of people can be accomdated at the home with minimal impact. It also makes the floor a safer place for small children and babies.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009



You may not have a baby at crawling age
But if you ask visitors to your home to remove their shoes, you send a message that it is acceptable to keep your home shoe-free. That makes life easier for those who do have crawling babies.

You may not have a new carpet
You may have an old carpet that needs replacing or a wooden
floor that is covered in scratch marks. But if you have a shoes-off policy, it will make it easier for those who do have a new carpet to do the same.

You may not live in an area where there is pesticide on the ground
But if you have a no-shoes rule in your house, it will make those who do need to require shoes-off feel more comfortable about it.

Monday, February 09, 2009

Going Nordic

I went to the drug service at Watford last week (nasty drive in the sleet). With the snow, I went in boots but changed into flip flops while I was there.

Changing from boots to sandals seems a very nordic thing to do.

As I have said before, I am one of those Guardian readers who want to turn Britain into a Scandinavian country.

Thursday, February 05, 2009

Really Bad Snow

This week we are having the worst snow since 1991. It has been quite bad in Stevenage.

I doubt many people are wearing shoes in their homes.

People entering the apartment next to mine are leaving shoes outside their door. I ma doing the same. Nobody wants snow on their carpet.