Don’t be a tosser…

While enjoying the view on one of my favourite walks in Sydney I am repulsed as I look more closely alone the edge of the path: plastic bags, empty bottles and general rubbish, all gathered among the mangroves. Amid the beauty this careless and disrespectful waste always makes me sad. Be a tidy Kiwi In…

If church had marshmallows

A solitary marshmallow is nothing to get excited about, and yet I love it when my café-made drink is served with one on the side. A marshmallow, some chocolate-covered coffee beans, or maybe a piece of biscotti. That tiny bit on the side, the unexpected treat, brings me a disproportionate amount of joy. It resonates…

God wants you to be miserable–and other lies

I moved to beautiful Sydney just over a year ago, and let me tell you—there is a lot to like about this city! Beautiful warm days, gorgeous beaches, great food, and the people are pretty friendly too. And yet I get the distinct feeling the city is out to get me. Last year I heard…

Is Jesus the Answer?

Answering questions seemed easy as a kid. At Sunday school it seemed like nine out of ten times the answer was ‘Jesus’. It was easy to put your hand up and have something to say. But as an adult the questions that confront us about our faith seem far more daunting. ‘What about all this…

Peace on earth… Are you kidding me?

I love Christmas. I get nostalgic and excited for delicious food and treats. I enjoy the nativity scenes and other decorations. I’m a sucker for a good Christmas carol and love to sing along. But in all the happiness and fun with family and friends have you ever stopped to think about some of the…

How did a symbol of torture end up on our flag?

The debate about changing the New Zealand flag has incited some bold claims. These include an unfounded meme claiming that removing the Union Jack would have implications for the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA), and political party New Zealand First waving around a picture of a swastika made up of ‘Red Peak’ flags pieced together. Whenever…

In Fear of an Affair

Thousands of users were exposed when hackers released private data from the dating/hook-up site Ashley Madison. A foul smell wafting as closets full of skeletons were opened up; the stench of hidden mistakes and hypocritical promises. With the catchy slogan ‘life is short, have an affair’ it’s hardly surprising the hack has caused shockwaves in…

Have you clocked the Christian life?

I love a good computer game—especially a new one. As a kid I remember fighting my way to be first to play any new game we got. When we got the original Duke Nukem I wanted to be the first to complete the game. I wanted to be able to say I’d ‘clocked it’. I…

Should I share my exam marks with others?

It’s exam time. You’re stressed and it is hard going. You put in your best effort and hopefully feel some relief when it’s all done—but then the conversations with classmates start. Initially it’s all subjective, ‘how do you feel you did?’, ‘Were you happy with your exam?’, ‘Were the questions what you expected?’ You get…

A Father’s Vengeance

Gladiator, The Punisher, Taken, The Patriot, Collateral Damage and Max Payne are all films about a father’s revenge. There is something powerful about a revenge story. In each of these stories the hero reacts as enemies harm his family, and he plots and exacts his vengeance on them. I don’t know about you, but when…

Adam and Eve, and getting high

P, Amp, Speed, Tweak, Ice, Crystal, Crank—there are many nicknames for methamphetamine. Destroying lives through ruined looks, the once beautiful smiles ravaged by drug use. Users shackled in self-induced slavery and reliance, the paranoia, violent reactions or freaky hallucinations. The results of methamphetamine use are shockingly destructive but I think the most frightening thing about…

Annoying Jesus

People are annoying. You know the ones. Animal lovers who leave dog poo on the footpath. Drivers who insist on travelling under the speed limit but speeding at a passing lane. People without children who give new parents advice. The shopper with a full trolley of groceries in ‘10 items or less’ checkout. An annoying…