Sitting in Tension

Faith isn’t just Good Friday and Easter Sunday; faith is awkward Saturday too. So much is sitting in that tomb with the soon-to-be resurrected Lord. It’s so dark. So damp. So scary. The silence is deafening. But there is hope in there. A.J. Swoboda, A Glorious Dark: Finding Hope in the Tension between Belief and Experience…

Following the road less travelled

A reflection for The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, Jerusalem. January 2022 Psalm 16 & Matthew 11:25-30 May the words of my mouth and the meditations of all our hearts be acceptable in your sight, O God, our rock and our redeemer. Amen Journeys are hard, physical ones especially now in the time of…

Stop and listen

My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry. James 1:19 How often do we take the time to just stop and listen to the world around us? I don’t mean stopping and listening for something specific or expected, I mean…

“What does love look like? Not like this”

Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them. Dalai Lama There are times when words just don’t seem like enough. The more I write, the more anger, frustration, hopelessness, and helplessness pours out onto the page – this is a blog post…

Exploring the Road to Emmaus

The following piece is a short exploration of the narrative around the Road to Emmaus written for a Symposium on Scriptural Reasoning which took place in late January 2020  in Jerusalem. Luke 24 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) 24 But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they came to the tomb, taking the…

Kings and Shepherds

This sermon was given on November 24th 2019 (Christ the King Sunday) in Jerusalem. Readings: Jeremiah 23:1-6 & St Luke 23:33:43 Let us pray: May the words of my mouth, and the meditations of all our hearts be acceptable in your sight O God, our rock and our redeemer. Amen How do we know who…

The ache for home lives in all of us

“The ache for home lives in all of us. The safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.” Maya Angelou, All God’s Children Need Traveling Shoes “My people will live in peaceful dwelling places, in secure homes, in undisturbed places of rest.” Isaiah 32:18 Can you imagine being told that your home and…

Stop, look, and listen.

Praxis can be as simple as listening and looking. Don’t just walk past people who want to speak to you, listen to them…they have stories to tell. Here, many have difficult stories, but they need people to hear them.