‘It’s the most wonderful time of the year’—according to the music blasting in the shopping mall and, yes, even in the bathroom where I might have hoped for some respite. It’s November 21st, and the commercial season called Christmas is … Read More »
Today is declared the International Day of Peace by the United Nations. So it should be—today, and every day. It’s worth thinking about this word ‘peace’ and what a day of peace might mean, or even a year of peace, … Read More »
I’ve delayed, and now in the face of new expressions of terror in the world around us, I must write—about hope. It was never more relevant. It is always relevant. The idea of ‘forming faith, hope and love’ follows the … Read More »
Yesterday was the 39th anniversary of my ordination as a Baptist pastor. After all these years, there are a few reflections I would like to share. I’m still a pastor. My initial sense of calling came when I was very … Read More »
I am puzzled by the idea of a conscience vote: simply the idea that somehow we can define some matters as worthy to be decided ‘on conscience’ while all other matters are decided by —well, what? The Australian Parliament is … Read More »
A man got on the tram this morning and remarked to his companion how quiet it was. I could not help but hear him, and realized he was right. Though the tram was full of passengers, the usual buzz … Read More »
Is it possible, really, not to worry? Australian people often say ‘No worries’. I have noticed that this is one of the expressions that people from other cultures pick up, really quickly, as they live here. ‘No worries’.
During the holidays I read Julian Barnes’ Booker prize winning novel The sense of an ending. It’s a good read.
The last two months I have been trying to write further on this theme. Here are just a few ideas indicating the direction of my thinking.
I'm about to leave for a two day retreat with the five candidates who will be ordained early next month. It is my privilege to lead this retreat. The very idea of an ordination retreat calls into question what we … Read More »