“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

Let me tell you the story of a little boy writing a Christmas letter to Jesus in order to get presents: "Dear Jesus, this year, I’ve been a very good boy. So for Christmas, I’d like a new bike." But as he puts the cap back on his pencil, this little boy realizes that...

One in Christ

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,...

Why do we close our eyes when we pray?

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...

Deny yourself

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...

Thankfulness

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...

Naître ou ne pas naître

When I found out that Peter Singer had written an article about the Israel Folau’s controversy, I expected the worse. “Oh no, what am I going to be treated to!”, I thought. But when I read this article, I just couldn’t believe it. Peter Singer was actually providing...