Learning to Live… Through Jesus, Our Neighbours and Each Other

THE CHALLENGER or THE ASSERTER

“I want to be in charge.” EIGHTS are people who change a room just by walking in to it. They don’t go ‘half measures’ on anything. They work hard and aim big and can be blunt and aggressive in the process. The EIGHTS know God as warmth, food, protection, empathy, and total understanding of how…

THE INVESTIGATOR

‘I want to think things through.’  FIVES will read the manual.  They trust their thoughts more than their feelings.  They prefer to think through a problem before addressing it.  FIVES have a passion for knowledge.  They are introverted, curious, analytical, insightful.  They desire to make the world a more enlightened place. Each of the nine…

STAINED GLASS

More than a billion phones in China contain Meitu apps that make it possible for selfie-takers to erase imperfections, get flawless skin, and affix to themselves blossoms and kitty ears.  In a recent New Yorker article, the founder of Meitu is quoted as saying, ‘In the same way that you would point out to your…

THE SOUND OF SILENCE

‘Silence is not the absence of something, but the presence of everything.’ One Square Inch of Silence is reputed to be the quietest place in the United States.  Located in Olympic National Park in Washington State, the site is marked by a small red stone on top of a moss covered log some three miles…

WE ARE ALL TREATY PEOPLE – SG

REFLECTION GUIDE – Genesis 20.1-18 Abraham shows that fear is a poor guide for good moral action.  How does fear lead compromise and complacency rather than true love of our neighbours? Perhaps the story unsettles us – outsiders may at times be more in tune with God’s purposes for the world than we are.  Can…

DASHED HOPES and BURNING HEARTS

Hello friends, This week I am beginning a new venture.  To help you reflect on the Sunday sermon I offer some reflection questions.  I encourage you to read the Biblical story and reflect on how it might inform and impact your life.  I would also be very interested in any feedback you have to offer.…

WE HAD HOPED!

There is an old story about a man who hunted rabbits. One day when he was out in the woods, a rabbit ran past him and collided with a tree stump, knocking itself unconscious. The man couldn’t believe his good fortune as he put the rabbit in his game bag. Every day for the rest…

THE CHRISTIAN’S NEW CLOTHES

This Lenten season we have been journeying together through an exploration of glittering vices and sustaining virtues. PRIDE – ‘I’ always at the center. HUMILITY – Imitating Christ. ENVY – What’s yours should be mine. CONTENTMENT – Freedom from anxiety. GREED – What’s mine is mine. GENEROSITY – A community of abundance. LUST – My…

CONTENTMENT

CONTENTMENT:  Freedom from Anxiety ‘Are you envious because I am generous?’   [Matthew 20.15b] Has this ever happened to you?  It happened to me.  I was walking down 2nd Ave when I was approached by a man – homeless ?, disheveled, looking pretty desperate.  ‘Any spare change?’ he asked. To set this in context: It was…