“I’m not religious!”

When I talk to people about God, I often hear them say: “I’m not religious!” I wonder what they mean by that. My guess is that they associate the word “religion” with belief in God. But is that what a religion is about? If that’s the case, then Zen Buddhism isn’t a...

Easter Fire

As I was recently preparing a talk on John 2:13-25, I heard the news – Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris was on fire. I just couldn’t believe it but I saw the catastrophe on the Internet and on TV – the 13thcentury gothic masterpiece ravaged by ferocious flames bursting...

The Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis

How do you find one-month challenges? Like Active April, H2October or Movember? They’re catchy and can be a good way to keep up with good habits. For me October has been Screwtape Lettersmonth, where I read 1 of the 31 chapters a day. And while I’m still reading it,...

One in Christ

Have you ever hopped on a bus, walked into a lecture theatre or entered a staff lunch room and had that moment of awkward panic – “Where am I going to sit?” “Is it weird if I sit next to him?” “Should I leave a gap between us?” I’m sure we’ve all felt...

Why do we close our eyes when we pray?

Have you already wondered why we close our eyes when we pray? I remember the first time I prayed. As a Christian friend of mine led us into prayer, I didn’t know what to do, so I automatically closed my eyes. Obviously, closing our eyes can be a good way to find the...

Deny yourself

In preparation for one of the kids talks I was reminded of the importance of not only saying I follow Jesus, but showing I follow Jesus. Key to this is Christ’s call to discipleship in Mark 8:34 - If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his...

Thankfulness

As someone who describes themselves as more of a pessimist than an optimist, I often find it hard to be thankful. My prayer life is full of requests. Full of “Father, help me with…”, “Lord, provide for…”, but sadly lacking in thankfulness. I...

“I’m not religious!”

When I talk to people about God, I often hear them say: “I’m not religious!” I wonder what they mean by that. My guess is that they associate the word “religion” with belief in God. But is that what a religion is about? If that’s the case, then Zen Buddhism isn’t a...