Grow Up

We have a three-year-old grandson. He is starting to assert his autonomy, mostly with his dad and mum, but also to a lesser extent with his grandpa and grandma. His mum did the same at his age, but she has become quite a reasonable human being, able to get along well with people. She has grown […]

Common Sense, or Mystery?

We like common sense. It tells us that if we do A,B&C, then we get X,Y&Z as a result. Like, for Christians, if we do the 10 commandments, or, for Moslems, if we obey the Koran, or for 21st century Australians, if we do what society thinks successful, then we will get rewarded (i.e., get good things form God, or from life). […]

The Divided, United

Every day our TV screens and news feeds make if painfully clear that the members of the human race are in conflict with one another. Ethical thinking for the whole of history has assumed that human beings are in conflict, and that our chief problem is how to get them unified, living harmoniously together. The […]

Grand Mothers

[2Tm 1:1-7] Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus…. To Timothy, my dear son…. Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord…. I thank God, whom I serve, as my ancestors did, with a clear conscience, as night and day I constantly remember you in my prayers. Recalling your tears, I long to see you, so that I […]

Know Him

Ephesians 1:15–19. It is remarkable that in all of his writings, Paul’s prayers for his friends contain no appeals for changes in their circumstances…. They faced persecution, death from disease, oppression by powerful forces, and separation from loved ones…. Yet in these prayers you see not one petition for a better emperor, for protection from […]

Whose Are You?

In our society today the big question we are posed is “who are you?” That is, we are pressed to “make a statement, project an image, tell or show us what is important about you”. This is what everybody spends a huge amount of their time trying to do on social media, much to their […]

Make It So, Number One!

[Eph 1:3-11] There is a great line often repeated in the television series Star Trek: The next Generation. In each episode, there is usually some galactic crisis and Captain John Luc Picard of the Star Ship Enterprise calls his commanding officers together to sort things through and form a strategy. After setting out a plan, Captain Picard turns […]

Curious Cats

My friend, Robyn, has a cat called Mabs. Mabs greets Robyn wildly every day when she gets home from work, purring and rubbing up against her legs. This is also Mabs’ way or demanding food, which Robyn promptly gets and places in a bowl in the enclosed porch – Mab’s domain. However, when Robyn goes […]

Life From the Ashes

We’ve been transfixed in recent times by the images and reports of horror coming from the war in Gaza. These images represent what people often find most difficult about accepting faith in God – i.e., the fact of so much suffering in the world. 2000 years ago, the Christian Gospel anticipated this difficulty, and answered […]

The Cup

Psalm 75:6-10.  6 No one from the east or the west or from the desert can exalt themselves. 7 It is God who judges: he brings one down, he exalts another. 8 In the hand of the Lord is a cup full of foaming wine mixed with spices; he pours it out, and all the wicked of the earth drink it down to […]