Tourists and pilgrims

Christians make the best travellers. I have zero research to back this up, but think about how the Bible describes God’s people: Sojourners. Pilgrims. Strangers. We’re sent to and called out, in but not of. We welcome those who are separated from their own homelands,...

So what?

In a world where we can’t always keep up with what’s happened today, we don’t often go to the trouble of wrapping our heads around the long ago. However at uni I was lucky enough to find lecturers with a gift for bringing old stories into the present, so I dabbled in...

We’re all ‘professionals’

New Zealand has the developed world’s highest rate of youth suicide, according to Unicef. And now Parliament is preparing to discuss (again) a bill that would allow any adult who finds life “unbearable” to schedule a less messy, doctor-assisted suicide. Aotearoa isn’t...

Have we left truth behind?

Even in a place and time where “post-truth” nabs Word of the Year, people still insist on making truth claims. We’re wired to know. So one of the biggest challenges we face as truth-believing Christians isn’t actually convincing people that truth exists. It is to...

Centred on the church

It doesn’t matter how many times it happens, I always flinch: Someone says “para-church” and “TSCF” in the same sentence, and their innocent remark sets off an internal hashing-through of the relationship between the two. It’s a petty bugbear, but the end of that...