The Christmas story starts with silence. An awkward silence. Before the cattle are lowing and the baby awakes, there is silence. A very long silence. From Malachi to Matthew God isn’t speaking (or at least, people weren’t listening!). Four hundred years without His voice being clearly heard. When great orators speak they will create a … Continue reading The Silence of Christmas
The shepherds returned home. The heavens had opened. The sounds of the sky had revealed the choir of jubilant angels. The Messiah had come. Born in humility. The shepherds were the first to be told. And then they returned home. No speaking tour of the surrounding regions to explain their unique supernatural revelation. No grasping … Continue reading Home
In a secular age, where the sacred is pushed to the margins, to place the holy at the centre of our lives is an act of rebellion. We are resisting the cultural conspiracy that treats casually that which is divine. As Advent approaches, our celebration of sacred days becomes a way of resisting the attractions … Continue reading The whole earth…
Over the years I’ve spoken and written much about the human heart because I’ve become convinced that everything we do and say is a result of the heart’s overflow. I usually describe what it takes to form a healthy heart, and I’ve rarely focused on the signs of a disordered heart. But in the same … Continue reading The Disordered Heart
Decision making is complicated. So much seems to be riding on us getting it right. But how do we discern what is God’s will when the options before us are both equally good? It was so much simpler when the choice was between good and evil, between purity and sin, between the narrow way and the … Continue reading Good Decisions?
‘Be still and know that I am God’ Surrounded by chaos and complexity, stillness is our form of resistance. Stillness becomes our subversive rebellion. It’s the way we fight against the magnetic pull of noise and hurry. We breathe deeply. Slowly. We quieten the chatter in our heads. We rest our striving hearts. And we … Continue reading Stillness