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- …

Water in the Ship

“All the water in all the oceans can’t sink a ship unless it gets inside.” Eugene Petersen. Nothing in the ocean of life around us can sink us, unless we let it get inside of us. When illness comes, or anxiety grips us, or conflict rocks our relationships, it’s easy to come to the conclusion …

Fake Grass

I saw a sign the other day at the nursery. It was advertising artificial lawn. Fake grass. “No mowing. No watering. No mess.” the sign said. It looked great! No inconvenience. And no care needed. Neat. Tidy. But fake. There’s so much fake grass around us, isn’t there? Our world seems enamoured with the pursuit …

The power of a pause

There’s an interesting word in Scripture. “Selah” It’s found 71 times in the Psalms, and 3 times in the Old Testament book of Habakkuk. There is some uncertainty about the exact meaning of Selah. Some commentators believe it came from the word Salah, to pause. Selah. Stop, pause, and think about it. The practice of …