I was going on about this blog to one of the ducklings, trying to explain about how the Christian faith still holds water when it just seems like it’s held together with sticky-tape and string. Somehow we got onto Psalm 23, probably we were talking about the “Beauty from ashes” post. Anyways, we got to talking about the bit where God says He will prepare a banquet for us in the middle of an enemy camp. It sounds good when you read it in the bible, but then we had one of those, “wait .. what ??” moments.
For me, 2016 started with death, it has been punctuated by death, and my most prominent memory of the close of the year, will also be of death. Continue reading “Our inheritance”
Once in while, you come across something which just grabs you. A work of art, piece of music or a picture. Maybe it’s the progression of chords in a song, the way melodies interact with each other. The work of art could be an old oil painting from an artist long gone which captures an expression or scene, or it could be a spontaneous picture you stumble across on the internet. For whatever reason, we are captivated and something in our soul is awakened and time stands still.
Yeah, so .. this gem cropped up on Facebook and I thought I’d share what it brought to mind. The image is of a humorous exchange between, I am guessing, a fictional Sheikh and his son who is studying abroad.
If there is one taboo topic, one elephant in the room in the church, it’s the Tithe. High on the list of topics which can evoke strong feelings. As Christ followers there are of course other topics which get our blood pressure up but they come and go with the seasons. Subjects which easily get us vocal might be women priests, homosexuality or moving the church service forward by an hour. All these can spark debate and flush our cheeks. But the Tithe? That might raise our blood pressure a bit, yet on this topic we will remain silent.
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. Continue reading “Have you ever seen bubbling sand?”
I have to say, I was pretty interested to read in the press about Angelina Jolie praying for the rain to stop during the filming of “Unbroken”. I love this kind of stuff, I really do, but there something much more important I want to write about. Continue reading “Angelina Jolie prayed for the rain to stop. So?”
Have you ever had that feeling when the food cupboard is getting empty again, milk is running low and money doesn’t arrive until the day after tomorrow? It always works out in the end, but we’ve probably all had that day-before-the-wages-come feeling. Image what would happen if guests arrived, just at this point in the month. Continue reading “Mary, Martha and a loaf bread”
Life had thrown us a few curve balls, and a close friend asked why Christians sometimes seem to have such a rough time of things. She knows where we are at as a family and she has seen a close relative who was also a Christian suffer, and ultimately loose, a long battle with cancer. Possibly she was starting from the assumption that Christians should have things easier, you know, since we’re best friends with Jesus ‘n’ all .. Continue reading “Weight training when life sucks: Why does God allow suffering?”