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…

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…

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…

How to ruin Christmas

My sisters and I joke that we grew up with the Christmas Grinch. Our mum hates the commercial fuss of Christmas and has always tried to avoid the material focus: no tree, no decorations, and no fussy Yuletide crafting sessions. Occasionally my sisters and I would rally, decorating a bedraggled tree we found on the…

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…

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…

‘There’s no justice like angry mob justice’

New Zealand gossip columnist Pebbles Hooper was publicly ostracised after tweeting about the deaths of Ashburton mother, Cindy George, and her three children. The family reportedly died after breathing exhaust fumes of a car left running inside a closed garage to ‘keep the battery turning over’. Hooper’s tweet called the tragedy ‘natural selection’. Within hours…

Anonymity is the New Black

‘I told my family that I had a business trip and took a vacation by myself.’ ‘I told my kid she couldn’t have a cookie because I wanted to eat it myself after she went to bed.’ ‘I told my roommate I was going to the gym. And I did. I locked myself in and…