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…

Taylor Swift and the Evolution of #Squad

There is a different definition of the word ‘squad’ in town—bringing a complicated history and a fresh set of cultural expectations. ‘Squad’ was once a term used exclusively in a military context—a tight band of highly-trained soldiers or marksmen. We know the word in the context of sports teams and police officers, and more recently…

Fush and Chups in ‘Straya: Unexpected Culture Shock

Our Kiwi family has been living in Australia for just over four months: 139 days of enjoying consistently warmer weather, glorious beaches, excellent gelato and an abundance of charcoal chicken outlets. Culturally the two countries are pretty similar: notably relaxed, egalitarian and fun-loving. However, there are a few tiny differences; a couple of things about…

‘Time is Money’ is a Rip Off

No matter the culture, time plays a powerful role in shaping work, life and relationships. Our view of the clock shapes our perception of value.