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
The Task The greatest command given to Christian’s is found in Matthew 28:19, where His followers are mandated to make “disciples of all nations.” These, some of the last words of Jesus on earth are known as the Great Commission. It is appropriate that the words are treated with their deserving weight as sharing the message of the gospel is a vital part of Christian … Continue reading TRAVEL WITH PURPOSE
Many of the most iconic and famous religious figures in history are those who committed extreme acts whose stories have circulated well beyond their death, immortalising them as enduring symbolic figures. Whether it be a reverence for the dedicated monks of the mountains, the pious and ultra-religious Pharisees of Second Temple Judaism, or those who fought in war on behalf of their faith, we often … Continue reading WHY EXTREMISM IS TOO EASY
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?
In a world saturated with advertisements, I usually choose to ignore any posters on advertisement boards or along walkways. However, there was one occasion when a small red card, surrounded by lots of large flamboyant advertisements, stood out to me. Written on the card in bold white letters were the words “Imagine an Unfailing Love”, and beneath this in smaller white letters, “(There is Good News … Continue reading IMAGINE AN UNFAILING LOVE
Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you were wrongly accused, or someone spread false rumours about you? A few years ago, as the result of a misunderstanding, I found myself being accused of something which wasn’t true. It wasn’t until a third party said to me, “since I first met you, your character and ethics have been consistent, so I have no … Continue reading UNQUESTIONABLE CHARACTER
Throughout history, many a person has tried to answer the question ‘Why am I on this Earth?’. The ideas that have been espoused are fascinating and, by examining them, we can become more aware of our ultimate purpose. Here is a curated list of some of the most intriguing perspectives: The Simulation Hypothesis Have you ever heard the phrase, ‘there’s a glitch in the matrix’ … Continue reading WHY AM I HERE?
TThe most revolutionary invention which has impacted the way humanity communicates to one another, is undoubtedly the Internet. Every single person can share their opinion and talk with anyone, at any time, in any place of the world, instantly. It is the ultimate tool of liberty and free speech, but its main language of communication is unique: a dialogue through, and exchange of memes. MEME … Continue reading THE THEOLOGY OF MEMES
ALONE TOGETHER People have never felt so alone. This fact appears to be incongruent with the juggernaut that is social media which claims to keep us more connected than ever. In creating our carefully curated social media profiles, we further isolate ourselves from those around us. Lunchtime becomes a competition to see who can get the best photo and use the best filter. Rather than … Continue reading GOD ONLY KNOWS