The Bounce of the Ball

Sport is a funny thing. For anyone who has ever played or supported a sports team I’m certain you’ve experienced delight at a totally unexpected victory, and despair, at the loss you know should never have happened. Sports matches are often decided by centimetres and seconds. The throw one centimetre too far means the ball misses the mark; the run …

Sleepy Believing

The other day I met up with a friend. I’ve been reading the Gospel of John with him as he explores what faith in Christ is all about. A while ago we read what Jesus said to a Samaritan woman: “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have …

To stay afloat in a sea of words you need to move your arms and legs

In the beginning of the Bible God said: Let there be sun, moon, land, sea, plants, animals, fish and people. And it was so. With a very small number of words, the Lord created and populated an entire world. It all happened just as he said it would. Today, we have created a very large number of words. On the …

Holy Ground for Christmas

Many years ago, Moses the sheep farmer saw an unusual sight in the desert – a fire burning in a bush that didn’t destroy the bush. When he went to take a closer look, the Lord God confronted him and said to Moses, “Do not come any closer. Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is …

Good news in the mess, not despite it

Recently, I was speaking with some good friends who are right in the middle of the baby and toddler stage of life. As we talked about what it means to follow Jesus and experience God’s presence with us, we noted how different things are for them now compared with their student years. In those early years they had lots of …

What You See Depends On Where You Are Looking

Whilst racing out the door, have you ever frantically looked for your car keys, and then after an agonising search discovered them on the kitchen bench right in front of your eyes? It happens to me more often than I like. It seems that what we can see is rarely a matter of whether or not we have 20/20 vision. When …

Being able to choose doesn’t make you free

Jesus spoke words of hope to the frantically busy and chronically tired: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my …

Landing somewhere very specific

Today, more than ever, we have a legion of opportunities before us. We can choose where we work, where we live, what we do for leisure, who we spend time with and how we spend our money. And this rich variety of options only continues to grow with each new day. But, of course, to make the most of these …

Miraculous at the Extreme

As Jesus ate his last supper with the disciples, he already knew some important information: that Judas would betray him, Peter would deny him, and the rest (who would run away at his arrest) didn’t have a clue what was going on. Knowing all this, Jesus got up from the table and washed the disciples’ feet – a task no …

Doing what we know

We know lots about lots. Or rather, we get lots of data about lots of things. A tsunami of information comes at us via TV, radio, newspapers, email, Facebook and twitter, and if there’s anything we don’t know, we just jump onto Google and find it. So much of everything is available right at our fingertips. This can be very …