prayer
an inner peak

an inner peak

I know a few people, including several Food For Faith followers, who are nearing death. Some of these are elderly and accepting that their life on earth is naturally coming to an end. Others, well before their time, are struggling with poor health and living with diagnoses of terminal illness.

schools & education

schools & education

As the Aotearoa New Zealand school year begins for 2022 here’s a thought on the purpose of education, and a reflection on prayer in schools.

breathe again

breathe again

Sometimes when I don’t feel like praying I simply become aware of my breathing.

with full hearts

with full hearts

May we attain your promises, which surpass every human desire.

in God’s gaze

in God’s gaze

God’s gaze on me is the heart of prayer. God does all the work – and I am transformed.

lectio divina

lectio divina

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.

our default setting

our default setting

So much that is taught and written about prayer serves only to convince us that prayer is a complex project to be mastered.

pray & heal

pray & heal

We are challenged by Jesus to forgive those who harm us, but as hard as we try we are unable to do this and often we don’t even want to forgive.

THE sign

THE sign

… discreetly in a restaurant, or unashamedly before a meeting, a performance or in competition on the sports field.

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John on sabbatical

John on sabbatical

a podcast conversation with Triona Doocey asking some challenging questions about my sabbatical weeks.

sabbatical update

sabbatical update

I’m like Thomas. I need to experience Christ. Happy Feast Day to all of us who seek greater maturity of faith

growing up

growing up

Thomas was not doubting as much as seeking; he was expressing the desire of one who truly yearns for adult faith.

another way

another way

Surely the real mortality in our sin is not any particular action or omission itself, but what we do after we realise our sin

matariki

matariki

I have no doubt that God used the stars to shift my focus from my own failures and successes to the God I was seeking to follow.