Any kind of interruption is unsettling at least, and in the case of the tragedy of war, deeply troubling.
breaking & entering
Take as your mantra for the day “Nothing is impossible for God.”
survive or thrive
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.
Even when we don’t feel we are close to God the fact is that God remains present and active, even when life takes a new and unexpected turn as it is for me
breaking & entering
after the original shock of finding an angel in her kitchen, Mary was able to recognise God.
God with us
t's the feast of the Annunciation today - the day on which Jesus' human life began and therefore nine months until Christmas. Take a moment to appreciate...
moments of light
You might have clicked to the fact that Good Friday this year was marked on March 25 which would normally have been the feast of the Annunciation celebrating the...
Take a moment to appreciate this Millet masterpiece. Even if you have never seen the image before, you will guess that these peasants are praying. When the one who...
God comes down
While it's the morning after the Feast of the Annunciation here in New Zealand, there are many parts of the world still celebrating this great feast, so I still have...
Perhaps the best known artistic representation of today's feast of the Annunciation is the fifteenth century Fra Angelico fresco from the Convent of San Marco in...
A couple of thousand years ago, a young Jewish woman was going about her normal morning routines, perhaps with a mixture of house and garden work, chatting with parents and neighbours, aware of the local drought, the sickness of a neighbour and annoyed by the neighbourhood’s lack of sleep caused by the Romans’ noisy party the night before, when God broke into her routine and entered her life in a new and powerful way.
the real centre
Over the last month I have had the opportunity to work with many people across Aotearoa and further afield. In every retreat and seminar I have been with committed and faith-filled people who often feel as though they are on the periphery of the Church
It’s easy to make the mistake of seeing life as a treadmill, day after day ups and downs, a movement through time from youth to old age, then death and beyond.
Too often if feels as if we are helplessly captive carried along by the momentum of all that is expected of us and demanded from us, and we risk falling into an existence mode, a daily rhythm of survival, enduring, coping and so the treadmill rolls on.
the bigger picture
Over the years, and even in recent months, weeks and days, I’ve prayed many prayers which have not been answered as I had hoped.
You’ve probably had the same experience: praying and wondering if and when or how your prayer will be answered.
Bible questions still pop up regularly in quiz shows and they often cost otherwise sharp players much needed points.
I’m ready for a question asking for the two names for the last book of the Bible. The book often known as Apocalypse is perhaps more often referred to as the Book of Revelation.
It’s common (thanks to movies) to think of an apocalypse as a devastating and unwelcome time of destruction.