turning tables

April 7, 2020

We loved the informality and simplicity of that weekly meal, often cheese on toast (for some reason called “mousetraps”) – in the lounge in the winter and often outdoors in the summer…

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lectio divina

April 6, 2020

The method of prayer I use to prepare the reflections on the scriptures of the day is a form of what is known in the Christian tradition as Lectio Divina…

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guided meditation

April 5, 2020

Here is the first of the prayer podcasts – 15 minutes of gentle reflection with a lot of silence, beginning with the sound of church bells, a traditional call to prayer…

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prayer & reality

April 4, 2020

In this reflection I share some of the most helpful advice ever given to me about prayer. I hope you find it as encouraging as I have…

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a room alone

April 3, 2020

“All of humanity’s problems stem from our inability to sit quietly in a room alone…

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the beginning

April 2, 2020

We reduce Christian faith to a pretty gentle existence in a comfortable church, a few minutes every day to pray,… It’s not much like the adventure that Abram embraced…

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truth & freedom

April 1, 2020

The child without thinking reaches out and grasps hold of maybe a finger and holds on. Perhaps they are thinking that if they hold on they will be more secure…

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looking up

March 31, 2020

The serpent is not a bad creature – just an early ancestor of advertising which promises us the world, offering us the power and popularity of a god if only you eat this, do this, buy this, own this, wear…

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behind closed doors

March 30, 2020

The Church was born in closed rooms. It was in these confines where Jesus broke through locked doors and fearful hearts to form and now (in these days) to re-form the church…

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living the storm

March 29, 2020

The storm exposes our vulnerability and uncovers those false and superfluous certainties around which we have constructed our daily schedules, our projects, our habits, and priorities…

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indulging

March 28, 2020

I’m a great fan of indulgence and I know that in these lockdown days the temptation is to over-indulge in one or many of the good options available…

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hidden things

March 27, 2020

I’m writing this at the end of the first NZ lockdown day and I can already see that my life could become dangerously undisciplined…

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counting blessings

March 26, 2020

In these weeks we have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn to live without the compulsive busyness and idol-worship that usually fills our days…

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survive or thrive

March 25, 2020

The reality of living in lockdown hits home for New Zealander’s today and we accept this because we are willing to do everything we can in order to stop the spread of this terrible virus…

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getting real

March 24, 2020

This post is not for everyone and I have no doubt that some people will be upset with the thoughts I’m about to offer…

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