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Big Picture Parents (book review)

Big Picture Parents: Ancient Wisdom For Modern Life* is a Christian critique of postmodern parenting. Harriet Connor opens with the observation that many parents say all they want is for their kids to be happy, and yet mental health issues among children and young people are greater than ever. Feeling […]

Songs for faith and doubt

The opposite of faith is not doubt. Even unbelief is not the opposite of faith. That’s why the Bible’s characters are able to rage at and accuse God, and this is an expression of their faith. It’s why we have psalms dedicated to the feeling of abandonment by God. Faith […]

The soundscape of ‘home’

Elliot calls our apartment in Dar es Salaam ‘the bat house’, because there’s a big colony of bats in the surrounding trees. From the balcony where we hang our washing, you can look directly at bats hanging in the tree only centimetres away, and at dawn and dusk they fill […]

In praise of routine

I like routine. Someone told me I’d be a liability living cross-culturally because of that but I’m not wedded to it. Things come up: kids get sick, sometimes friends are in need, I’m asked to teach at something at the last minute, we’re informed that we’re hosting a dinner, etc. […]