Just as water can bubble out of the ground to form a spring at the lowest point in the forest, it seems that God can bubble out of us at even the low points in our lives. Uhrilähde is fresh water spring in Satakunta, West Finland. It's the weirdest thing to watch. In the middle…Read more Have you ever seen bubbling sand?
With everything going on these days with the gay marriage thing in the US, and now UK Anglican church trying to figure out how they are going to handle this issue and how this might affect the Anglican church in Africa, it seems like some wheels are trying to shake themselves loose. After an earlier…Read more How do we update the bible?
So .. when I read this I went through a whole range of emotions over a few short minutes. Ranging from, "Is this April 1st?" to "How do explain my own perspective?". On one hand I am freaking out a little, on the other hand .. I'm only freaking out a little. I think the…Read more US Senate gives approval for gay marriage
It's hard to figure out sometimes what is going on when we enter spiritually dry seasons in our lives. Calling this arid, dusty spiritual time a "Desert Experience" makes it seem somehow noble and worthwhile, almost heroic. For those going through the desert, it can be an intensely lonely time and desperate time. The Desert…Read more My feeble, whispered, faithless prayer …
On the face of it, this seems to be yet another gloomy post from a semi-depressed Brit hammering his way through another Finnish winter, but stay with me. It's gets better. 🙂 These words aren't necessarily from me. Many of them have come from much wiser, and sometimes older, people than me. If you spot…Read more 5 things to do when there is no reason to say “thank you”.
I had a small revelation reading the weekly church bulletin this week. It contained the usual notices you would expect along with the spoilers for the Christmas story. There is a bit in the story where the angels show up. If it's a school production it will be performed by the cute blond haired kid…Read more This Christmas thing ..
I toyed with titling this piece "When Christians get depressed", but that wouldn't be honest. I'm not depressed, my wife had me tested. But seriously, amongst Jesus's followers there are a few elephants in the room, and this is one of them. Christians do actually get low, blue and yes, even depressed. God help us,…Read more When Christians feel low ..
Part 5. Protect us from evil. This line is translated a few ways NIV: Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. GNT: Do not bring us to hard testing, but keep us safe from the Evil One CEV: Keep us from being tempted and protect us from evil I've put several translations…Read more The Lord’s Prayer 5/5 – Protect us from evil
Part 4. Forgive us. Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us. Forgive us when we screw up. When we hurt ourselves and those around us, by accident, on purpose. Just like when we forgive those who screw up and hurt us, by accident, on purpose. Oops. This is where you…Read more The Lord’s Prayer 4/5 – Forgive us
Part 3. Our daily bread I've always prayed this prayer in a straight through manner to get to this line. This is the good bit. It's the Father Christmas line. Give us the good stuff, today, now. I suspect this isn't what Jesus had in mind when he taught the prayer. God is not Father…Read more The Lord’s Prayer 3/5 – Our daily bread