Walking it Out

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God Speaks Chinese

Not long ago I had the privilege of visiting Taiwan. I met a number of people who were followers of Jesus and almost all of my conversations with them had to be translated. I could see the sincerity and depth of their faith long before the delay of translation allowed their words to catch up […]

Not my plan to save the world

If I was responsible for coming up with a plan for salvation, I don’t think I would have picked the plan we have. I would have started by making sure Jesus had a safe arrival into the world, rather than being born in a stable to a barely-married teenager. He would have received the best […]

Standard fare in the Kingdom of God

Here’s something in an old story that I’d never noticed before. On one of those times when Jesus was teaching a crowd, they got to the end of the day and the disciples asked Jesus to send the people away so they could buy food. But rather than do that, Jesus told the disciples, “you […]

The highway of unfulfillable promises

The gospel of Jesus is not the only ‘message of hope’ I hear today. Messages bombard me every time I turn on the TV, open a magazine, walk into a shopping mall, or even when I visit friends. The messages all tell me that owning that car will make me powerful, or wearing this label […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]