Japanese Art and Christian Living

This life is tough isn’t it? I mean some days it is just like ‘ugh I cannot wait to get back to my bed’. And there are those moments during the tough times that can be truly life defining for you. Cracks can start to appear in our way of living, and people start to []
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Forgiveness

“You are a beloved child of God” – with these words I started my journey to forgiveness.   Liz or as my MBA classmates from Smurfit know her, Elizabeth Kiathe, presented me with my first Bible after I shared with her the story of my father and I. She knew that it has been 12 []
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Speaking in silence

So as I mentioned during Ignite on Sunday, we’re starting up a prayer space in the Living Room, but I just want to emphasise that it’s not just for people who are “into prayer”.  Rather, we’re hoping that it might be a place that gets you into prayer.  I wrote a blog a while ago []
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Learning to live with Jesus

Yes, Marilyn and Karl Nyquist will say (again) that they have seen me grow in my faith in leaps and bounds over the years they have known me. And yes, I have never felt so at ‘home’ and at (relative) peace. I want to be faithful and be that person that wears the armour of []
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I’m sleepy…

Alarms went off at 5am: my fault. I insisted the whole family get up to see the lunar eclipse. They were bribed with chocolate spread on toast, which has only happened for breakfast once before in normal life. It was a nice clear morning, I said, as I hauled the covers off them. They got []
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He is Coming

Have you ever sat in Dublin airport watching the people waiting for the doors to open and their expected arrival to emerge? Firstly and most noisily, there are those who are really excited. Maybe carrying welcome home banners, balloons and flowers who just can’t wait for their arrival to appear. It’s been so long since []
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Peering at Hope through Smudgy Glasses

“Ethiopia – land of origins.” That’s the first billboard you see when you touch down in Addis Ababa airport. We live with people of an ancient history. Ethiopians pride themselves on their civilisation, which traces back to the Aksumite Kingdom (10th century BC), the Queen of Sheba and their Orthodox Christianity dating back to the []
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Hidden Treasure

The “Hidden Treasure” (Matthew 44) hidden in “Some seeds…” Mark 4  Last Christmas my brother Paul gave me a present of a large ceramic flower pot, covered in stones with an imperative to “water regularly”, which I obediently did.  In early spring, I noticed the stones seemed disturbed, followed by crater-like clay bursting through the []
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On Adulting.

Disclaimer: It may be true that what I write is somehow inspired by the time I’ve spend with the UJ 20-something crowd in the last few months.  Marilyn and I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know them!  But these words are simply tipped, unfiltered, out of my head; any resemblance to any actual person’s life []
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Waiting for the Second

I don’t think many of us enjoy waiting – we’ve come to expect quick responses, instant gratification. Infertility and miscarriage has been something many of our community have been affected by over the past few years. We ourselves would love to have a sibling for Nathan. We figured a wee one around his second birthday []
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