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...

Professional development

Professional development is widely recognised as being very important to the development of your (you guessed it!) profession! But have you ever thought that your walk with the Lord might benefit from some ‘professional development’ also? Life...

Loving CSAC

Why do you come to church? Do you come for the good teaching? For the great kids ministry? The music? Or because you love the building? Would you consider yourself a consumer or spectator? Or do you see church as a place to serve? I was...

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...