Faith is not a formula.
And I wouldn't even use the word 'relationship' - and probably not the metaphor of 'a journey'.
The older I get, the more it seems that faith is a process - a determined focus on listening to the eternal, sifting out the noise and distractions and becoming closer with each breath and each word, to the fullness - and emptiness - of the pulse, hand and purpose of our Creator, which, ultimately brings us where we belong.
I'm a teacher and writer, which really means that I am a listener and I share what I see and hear.
CS Lewis used to describe the Gospel as ‘a good contagion’. I would describe the continuing emergence or out-working of the Gospel as the equivalent of good weeds.
No matter how much solid legalism, suffocatin...
"'My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings:
Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!'
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,
The lone and level sands stretch far a...
Can you picture what we’ll be
So limitless and free
Desperately in need of some stranger’s hand
In a…desperate land!
“The End” by the Doors
I know most of the drug dealers and prostitutes in my city.
William Shakespeare, in ‘Hamlet’ describes death as “the undiscovered country” from which “no man returns”.
And if we believe in God, there is only one thing we know for sure – if God is here, he is also th...
When a baby looks in a mirror
It sees an ever-deepening mystery,
An ever-changing reversal of the familiar,
Something known and unknown,
Knowable, yet essentially unknowable.
A mirror is a fascinating glimp...
I and the public know
What all schoolchildren learn,
Those to whom evil is done
Do evil in return. -W. H. Auden
Sometimes an issue emerges in a culture that takes us by surprise – not because it is so new, b...
Have your ever noticed how we so easily invert traditional – even Biblical sayings and values?
We might call ourselves Christians, but our language, if not our behavior, will betray us every day.
As Paul p...
Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. John 15:12-14
That was the inscription under the stained-glass window in a military chapel of a paratrooper in full battle gear on h...
How many more shootings, local or national, do we need?
How many more school shootings do we need before have anything like an adult conversation about these playthings of death that we love so much?