As usual, every year I try to keep a daily spiritual journal and as such I also every year take one month out to look over past entries. Of course, it’s far later this year, because to be quite honest I’ve been flat out. (You may have noticed far fewer articles published this year.) But […]Read more "Every day with God in 2018 Part 1"
Romans 12:14-15 (NIV) Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. Events have occurred in the previous week that has stopped the western world in its tracks. The utterly heartbreaking and grotesque shootings that have claimed 50 lives in New Zealand have shocked so many due […]Read more "Apples with oranges."
A few years ago now I was first asked to recommend a list of books that I thought were the 10 best books I’d ever read covering all aspects of fruitful Christian living. This is the third time I have updated the list. New stuff added to the list is highlighted in bold. Can I […]Read more "The all-time top ten. (updated a third time)"
Isaiah 9:2-7 The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned. You have enlarged the nation and increased their joy; they rejoice before you as people rejoice at the harvest, as warriors rejoice when dividing the plunder. For as in the day of […]Read more "What Can a Child Do? (Christmas Day @ Waratah)"
Having a 2-year-old means you’re going to be watching a few kids movies. One of Joshua’s favorites is the movie Madagascar. Now if you are familiar with this movie you’ll know that one of the ongoing narrative counterpoints that flow through and under the entire story is this side-narrative concerning a group of 4, particularly […]Read more "“…..Well this sucks.”"
So there I was, lying awake at 5am. I am often grateful for fresh revelations from the Spirit, but a little less so when it is before sunrise. Yet for some reason, I could not take my mind off it. I could not simply fall back asleep. I have a favorite painting which if you […]Read more "The Greatest Christmas Gift."
When you’re holding a hammer, everything looks like a nail so the saying goes. I wonder if when you’re holding a chainsaw does everything look like a tree? I think what the saying is trying to get at is the design purpose of the tool you’re holding will affect the purpose of the one holding […]Read more "When you’re holding a hammer…"
This is a group of people united by one goal; the preservation and improvement of human life. When it is at it’s most vulnerableRead more "Truth in Triage"
So, after listening to a podcast where Mike Frost talked about his book: “Keep Christianity Wierd,” I decided to download it as an audiobook. Believe it or not, though I have even decided to do something about it and push pack on our comfy cushy Christian sub-culture and do stuff a little weird. I’m a […]Read more "The Letter to my Street."
I’m constantly confronted by our bent towards materialism and the development of a product. I noticed after a few months dealing with various village situations that my language stated to shift from pastoral to business like. I was setting up money-changers in my heart, thinking in terms of spreadsheets and forecasts rather than bible passages and prayer.Read more "When you’re leading a Church…and an organisation."