It’s a fond memory I have from my childhood. I’m curled up near a warm fire, a cup of hot chocolate in hand, as my grandma or grandfather turns to me and says “Michael, let me tell you about the good old days.” Ah, yes. The good old days. A time when things were simpler, slower and more carefree. An era when things were safer, … Continue reading THE GOD OF TODAY
Weekly Ritual The last note of the final hymn reverberates throughout the building. Church is done for the week. I sit down, look at my friends and head to lunch content with the knowledge that I have gone to Church this week. I have done the bare minimum for my Christian journey, and I can excuse myself for just a while if I forget to … Continue reading CHURCH: ME OR WE?
We often to look to God for comfort during great adversity: when we lose a loved one, when we are crippled with anxiety or worry, or when we find ourselves in the trenches of work, struggling to get through the demands of one more relentless day. Interestingly, though we resolve to seek shelter during these hurricanes, we are nevertheless not so bothered to do so … Continue reading Spilling Your Coffee
Before you click off this article after seeing yet another article on Israel Folau, let me assure you that this article is different. Trust me, I’m just as tired of these news stories clogging up my newsfeed as you are, and I’ve heard many an opinion on this issue from every perspective. The discussions surrounding free speech, persecution, and political and legal ramifications are all … Continue reading JUSTICE AND MERCY: A LATE OPINION ON ISRAEL FOLAU
Jezebel, the Queen of Israel, had just issued a death threat against Elijah (1 Kings 19:2). This threat wasn’t to be taken lightly, as Jezebel was incredibly powerful and committed to succeeding. She had control over 850 assorted pagan priests – and she had significant influence over her husband, King Ahab. “No one else so completely sold himself to what was evil in the Lord’s … Continue reading FORGOTTEN FAITH
I put the pen down on my exam paper and waited for the supervisor to collect it. The seconds ticked by as it began to sink in- this was the last exam for my degree. I was finished. I was done. I would never have to sit through another Education class. The euphoria made my thoughts incoherent- I was almost dizzy with excitement. What was that … Continue reading TRANSITIONS
The word that can send shivers up the spine of many a Christian ‘witnessing’. Having to approach friends, family or even strangers and try and start up a spiritual conversation. Just the thought of it can be nerve wracking. But, witnessing encounters don’t have to be complicated. The apostle Paul through his life and ministry gives a model of evangelism with easy steps to make … Continue reading THE LOST ART OF WITNESSING
One minute. Sixty seconds. Have you ever thought about what you could do with just one minute? It seems like such a small amount of time so probably not much, right? Well, you might be surprised. One thousand one hundred and three. That’s the number of times you would need to clap in a minute to beat the Guinness World Record. In two thousand and … Continue reading JUST A MINUTE
We all have times in our lives when we cannot fathom ever feeling right again. Sometimes it creeps up on us as a general feeling of unease and fatigue. Other times we weather stressful life events- losing a job, juggling study and uni or losing someone we cared about to name some of life’s challenges. We all have had days where it has been an … Continue reading SELF-CARE CHECKLIST
Tsutomu Yamaguchi prepared to board his train to Nagasaki after a long business trip in Hiroshima. Luggage in hand he felt his pocket for his boarding pass but found nothing. The dreaded realisation he may have lost his ticket prompted his legs to run faster than they ever had before. With only minutes to run back to his temporary office before the train left, Tsutomu … Continue reading ATOM BOMBS AND BABYLON
How did a Persian king’s cup-bearer have the skill, confidence, and perseverance to lead the third Jewish return to Jerusalem in 445 B.C.? I have recently started studying the book of Nehemiah with friends – so we could compare opinions. Quickly, a reoccurring pattern stood out to us. Nehemiah constantly prayed. ***** As the book of Nehemiah is written in first person, it is assumed … Continue reading WALKING WITH GOD?