How to prepare for baby no.2

I have noticed, with more than a hint of envy, that some women seem to be especially gifted at motherhood. Whether a breezy pregnancy and birth, outstanding confidence with babies and toddlers, or simply the possession of an otherworldly patience—I look upon the lives of these extraordinarily gifted mums with awe. And the disappointing feeling…

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…

The stories only you can tell

‘Start telling the stories that only you can tell, because there’ll always be better writers than you and there’ll always be smarter writers than you. There will always be people who are much better at doing this or doing that — but you are the only you.’ ― Neil Gaiman I often get caught up…

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…

When Good Worship Goes Bad

What does it mean to worship God rightly? And why do we get it so wrong? King David’s dying plea to Solomon is to ensure his descendants follow the LORD with all their heart and soul. This, he promises, will ensure prosperity and an enduring kingdom. David—God’s ‘man after my own heart’—is by no means…

What Two Weird Prophets Taught Me About God

Elijah and Elisha: two Old Testament prophets with annoyingly similar names and a collection of weird stories. Epic battles with false prophets, receiving food from birds, administering healing by lying on top of dead people, delivering curses resulting in brutal bear-mauling, and going to heaven in whirlwind of fiery chariots and horses… Elijah and Elisha’s…

How To Find Wisdom

Jessica, Amanda and Sarah—the most popular baby names for girls born in 1986. Sophia, a favourite choice of today’s parents, barely even featured on lists. My mum and dad met at Bible college in the 80s: a pair of Daniel-dieting Christian hippies. Inspired by their radical faith, they named me Sophia. Whenever I met someone…

A response to Kings: new blog series

How To Find Wisdom, What Two Weird Prophets Taught Me About God and When Good Worship Goes Bad are three comment pieces in a series of blog posts written in response to the books of 1 and 2 Kings. These three pieces of writing seek to communicate the inner turmoil of a wayward heart struggling…

How to write a faith-inspired opinion piece

I work with a fantastic group of young writers who are pros at mining their everyday lives for inspiration for comment pieces. It can sometimes be tricky to strike the right balance with a faith-based opinion piece. The most common pitfall is resisting the temptation to turn your piece into a devotional or a sermon….

How to parent in public

Cucumber, lettuce, tomato… with effortless repetition the teenage boy at the checkout scans my groceries, the bleep bleep punctuating the bustling of a busy supermarket. Suddenly the tantruming wails of a small child echo loudly from the next checkout, and pained cries drown out the bleep bleeps and rustling of plastic bags. The checkout boy…

The Sinclair Collection: What we’re about

We’ve had our blog up and running for just over a year. The Sinclair Collection aims to collect all the different parts of our online lives in one spot for our family, friends, supporters and anyone else to check out what we’re up to. Who’s writing? Most of the writing and updating is done by…

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…