Only people who have suffered, grown, matured and developed real values can actually have relationships of trust.

Only people who have suffered, grown, matured and developed real values can actually have relationships of trust.

It is interesting to watch America prepare for the transition from it’s first black President to its first President with no background in either politics or the military. I caught Obama’s farewell speech, along with the ceremony where he bestowed the Presidential Medal of Honour with Distinction, on Vice President Joe Biden. What has been interesting to watch has been the way that almost no-one has criticized the character of either man. Obama quoted a Republican who said: If you can’t…

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Lets stop settling for desires far below what we were created for.

Lets stop settling for desires far below what we were created for.

On Christmas eve I spoke about the fact that words like Peace, Love, Hope and Joy express deep longings we all have, but that we end up settling for “stuff” that promises to deliver these longings but never does. Over the last couple of nights I have been reading a book that has given me new language to understand just how profound that settling for less actually is. Regular readers of Faith Reflections will know how much the books of…

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Are you ready for another trip around the Sun? #HappyNewYear #Plansfor2017

Are you ready for another trip around the Sun? #HappyNewYear #Plansfor2017

I love this time of year. I love it for two reasons, the first is that it’s not a normal time, it’s kind of a twilight zone, an in-between time where one year is really over and another hasn’t properly started. In a moment like this there is the opportunity to spend some time reflecting. The other reason I love this time of year is the chance to sit down in front of the cricket (I know its not a…

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Reflecting, learning and listening to that part of you ready for the new adventure that God lays before you today is the only way to having a full life.

Reflecting, learning and listening to that part of you ready for the new adventure that God lays before you today is the only way to having a full life.

This is my favourite week of the year. We had a really enjoyable Christmas day, except for the moment when it appeared that our little dog might be a casualty of the Christmas dinner. My son Josh put together a documentary of the day, including the last minute dash to the vet,  which he would be very pleased for you to check out. (I’m not sure how I feel being on youtube in my dressing gown…) The week between Christmas…

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When I saw the Toyota commercial I had to write something. This Christmas, lets not settle for the imitation.

When I saw the Toyota commercial I had to write something. This Christmas, lets not settle for the imitation.

Many of the words that we use around Christmas time are actually placeholders, attempts to name experiences that no word can adequately capture. Words like hope, peace, love and joy that sound simple, are actually anything but. Our church has been journeying through the advent season and week by week looking at these words. This past weekend I was speaking about love and on Christmas eve I will be speaking about Joy. As I reflect on my own life, and as I talk to…

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It is important not to sentimentalise the baby born in Bethlehem, but to recognise him for who he is: the instigator of a revolution of love.

It is important not to sentimentalise the baby born in Bethlehem, but to recognise him for who he is: the instigator of a revolution of love.

The front yard is blanketed in snow and there is extreme cold weather warning for this part of the world for the next 24 hours. Christmas must be coming. As we come to the end of a year in which politics and power seemed to dominate every news bulletin, we find ourselves again being reminded of a little baby born in Bethlehem who gained more followers than any politician in history, yet never grasped for power. That wasn’t how the…

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Embrace big changes. Both the joyful, and the horrible moments of discontinuity produce life.

Embrace big changes. Both the joyful, and the horrible moments of discontinuity produce life.

There are moments in life when everything changes. We tend to forget that. We think that what we are experiencing now is “normal”, forgetting that our “normal” has changed time and time again throughout our lives. Of course things are actually changing all the time, but because the changes are so small we tend to ignore them until we are confronted with a photo or some other reminder about how things were a few years ago. Today, though, I am…

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