Life and other catastrophes · Psychology and mental health · Relating to God · Spiritual growth and healing

‘Discipline’ should be freeing, not binding

Discipline seems like such a dirty word. I hear it, and I think ‘blood, sweat and tears’. Forcing myself to comply to a rigid routine and schedule. Whipping myself into shape. And the concept of ‘spiritual discipline’ can be really offputting. But there’s a lot to be said for practices that help us grow in… Continue reading ‘Discipline’ should be freeing, not binding

Relating to God · Spiritual growth and healing · The way we are

Have we shown ‘the ultimate house guest’ the door?

Some people describe coming to faith as ‘inviting Jesus into your heart’. When I was younger I found this hard to picture. What does it mean to have God himself reside inside of us? Does he – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – actually take up residence in our bodies when we start believing in… Continue reading Have we shown ‘the ultimate house guest’ the door?

Friendship and love · Life and other catastrophes · Psychology and mental health · Social justice · The way we are

Caught in compassion

You know the feeling. The ache. The sorrow. The grief. You feel compassion rising up, and you’re caught. You can’t unfeel something. You can’t unsee injustice… You can’t rub away the blackness. The empathy. The dark realisation… During my lunch-time at work I walk around the streets of Sydney’s Surry Hills. It’s a hub for brothels, and my heart breaks when I see… Continue reading Caught in compassion

Music · Relating to God · Spiritual growth and healing

Are you a creative person?

When asked if they are creative, I think most people would say yes. You might not consider yourself an arty type that goes to the theatre, strums on a guitar, and takes photographs of sunsets, but I can almost guarantee there’s something you love doing that involves a creative process of some kind. You know… that… Continue reading Are you a creative person?