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…

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…

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…

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…

Four things you didn’t know about ‘O Holy Night’

What do Mariah Carey, the cast of Glee and South Park’s Eric Cartman have in common? They’ve all recorded the Christmas classic O Holy Night. This Christian favourite is a powerful hymn that reduces many to tears and conveys both the majestic glory and redemptive aspects of the Christmas story. Well known for its beautifully…

What will history say about you?

Earlier this year actor Ben Affleck was accused of selectively editing his family history. Affleck discovered he was a descendant of slave owners while filming for the US TV show Finding Your Roots and was so ashamed that he talked producers into removing the incriminating details. But when an investigation revealed Affleck’s influence over the…

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…

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…

‘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.