Patterns of Joy

A few years ago, when I was on staff with Agape I read Ann Voskamp’s book One Thousand Gifts. When we moved to Addis Ababa nearly two years ago and experienced the chaos of the city and the shock of the culture, I was drawn to read it again. It illuminated so much to me []
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Lent Slide

It seems ages since we had all the fun and sweetness of pancakes just before Lent started. All the excitement and chat about giving up chocolate or something else. I wonder how many have kept to their promise. Somehow Lent has drifted away from me this year and has been overlooked in the busyness of []
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On Being Proper Old

Genesis 25.8 says   Abraham breathed his last And died in a ripe old age, An old man and satisfied with life And he was gathered to his people.   My mom, Joyce, will be 93 next month.  That almost certainly qualifies for proper old.  She has been around a long time and has forgotten []
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The Beauty of Intergenerational Church

As a child, who were the adults in your life who pointed you towards God? What difference did their relationship with you make?   Tara and I recently attended a workshop called Becoming an Intergenerational Church and I wanted to share with you some of my thoughts from it.   An intergenerational church not only []
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Time

The only poetry I have ever written Was a lament. Specifically, A lament of childhood.   I wrote it all at once, to release a torrent of ideas and emotion I had swirling around in my head at the time. Later I sat and edited it, in one sitting, to the beat and rhythm of []
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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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