Name: Jennie Pollock
Occupation: Writer and Editor
Specialist Subject: Reading between the lines of our moral and ethical assumptions.
I love my life. I love this world that we live in in general, and my little corner of it in particular. I’m thankful for my family, my friends, and the opportunities I’ve had to see and experience far more of the world than I ever dreamed I would.
Yet in the midst of this thankfulness, lies an awareness that alongside the beauty and the joy, the love and the generosity in this world lies pain, fear, hatred and grief. The tiniest moment of attention to a TV, a newspaper or a roomful of people will tell you that this world is not as it should be. Despite the best efforts of the best minds of every nation since civilisation began, somehow we still haven’t worked out how to flourish as human beings in a world designed perfectly to meet our every need.
I want to help.
I want to listen behind the noise of every day life, to hear the whisper calling from deep within.
I want to peer past the lights and the sparkle and the razzle-dazzle to see the solid blocks of truth behind the glittery illusions.
I want to read between the lines of what Western culture thinks and feels and believes to read the words of truth fighting to be seen – or to be concealed.
I want to help to pull back – no, to tear down – the curtain that veils our understanding and expose the reality that we have spent so long trying to hide from ourselves.
The Bible tells us that truth is not a restrictive, condemning, imprisoning thing, but a liberating one. My passion is to help people find that freedom by finding the truth.
This blog is one part of my attempt to do that. Many of the articles you’ll find here look at some of the big, contentious issues facing Western culture today. Rather than necessarily proposing solutions to these issues – most of which are far too complex for one person to solve in a single blog post! – you’ll see me trying to see through to the truths, the facts, the assumptions underpinning the opposing positions and revealing them for what they are.
Often, I’m sure, I’ll get it wrong. You’ll point out my error, we’ll chat (politely, please – I reserve the right to block comments from people who I feel are simply seeking to criticise, condemn or otherwise be offensive to me or my readers), and I’ll come to see things more clearly – and that’s good. That’s the way it should be.
I hope you’ll join me on this journey into the realms of reality – it’s been a fun ride so far.
Any questions, contact me at: jennie [at] jenniepollock.com
Before launching out on a career as a freelance writer and editor, I was (in reverse chronological order) Senior Editor of UK media and Communications at Newfrontiers; Administrator/ researcher/ proofreader/ copyeditor/ general dogsbody at the think tank Theos; and PA/ road manager/ banana bread baker for Bill Drake Music Ministries.
Before that I lived on a ship for two years as a teacher to the children of some of the senior crew members. I wrote the official Port Reports at the end of each port visit, and wrote a couple of (slightly tongue-in-cheek!) plays for the school to perform.
I have an MA in Philosophy, a BEd in English and a commendation in tea-making from several former colleagues. Alongside my freelancing, I work part time as Director of Communications for Kings Church Kingston.
I am an active member of ChristChurch London, where I’m learning and growing all the time, and I love London above almost anything else (yes, even chocolate).
As for the future, if my life has taught me one thing, it’s that God’s plans for me are far bigger and wilder than my own, so I’m just buckling up and enjoying the ride. Who’s with me?
Picture Credit: Tanya Marsh