Hype and hope

The world is loud these days. Social media Fake newsGaslightingIdentity politics These are words that barely existed ten years ago. What they all have in common is that they are the result of hype. And they cause hype. Hype: "extravagant or intensive publicity or promotion.” The hype levels in our world are increasing. Everyone’s got an opinion (whether grounded …

Winter

I spent a few days at some meetings in Cape Town recently. Whenever I fly into Cape Town, I choose a window seat so that I can enjoy the scenery as the plane heads into the Western Cape. It’s particularly beautiful at this time of year, especially if there is snow on the mountains. Every time I head into Cape …

Walking in circles?

I love Psalm 23:3 from the Passion Translation:"He opens before me pathways to God’s pleasureand leads me along in his footsteps of righteousnessso that I can bring honour to his name." The phrase footsteps of righteousness has also been translated as “circular paths of righteousness.”  It is a common trait for sheep on the hillsides of Israel …

Clearing ground

On a recent family road trip we passed some beautiful forested areas. I noticed something about these rolling hills of forests, though.  Some of the hills were covered in magnificent, fully grown pine trees. Others were home to some beautiful young saplings that had only recently been planted. Still other hills were simply patches of …

Don’t look back in anger

The British rock band Oasis were HUGE in 1996. It was my first year of university, and every bar, club and campus hangout was playing Oasis. Or so it seemed! Their music was anthemic.  Thrilling. Stirring. Rousing. Shimmering guitars blossoming into dramatic choruses.  It was music that defined a new, wondrous time of opportunity. A …

Questions for God

My son Caleb is 6 years old, and he has an exhaustingly enquiring mind. He listens carefully to information and then begins to process it by analysing and questioning what he has been told. And, he invents his own set of impossible questions by connecting seemingly random concepts. What’s the weakest thing in the world- …