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When in the thick of suffering

We have a few friends who have been experiencing the most devastating loss and the most cutting grief — things for which they bear no responsibility. What are we to say? Are we to explain some purpose in their suffering? Any attempt to theorise with or inform our friends about […]

God in a box

Tonight’s Grey’s Anatomy / Private Practice double episode had a fascinating God-thread running through it. The basic plot is that Addison’s brother has what looks to be terminal brain parasites so she flies him to Seattle so that her ex-husband and best neuro-surgeon around, Derek, can treat him and there […]

Shape for praying

I’m a little uneasy in posting this one.  I could appear pious.  Or I could appear weak and fallible, which would make me seem even more pious.  I just hope, if you read on, that you’ll find some encouragement.  If a ‘prayer life’ sounds big or fancy to you, I […]

Goodbye for now, Adelaide

We leave for Melbourne in a few days. Our Greek intensive at Ridley Melbourne begins on 2 Feb. We’d especially like to thank all our friends at St Matt’s and SAS for your support and prayers as we leave. St Matt’s is our home church and we’re sad to be […]

Prayer priorities

As I gear up for study, I want to renew my prayer life. I’ve always felt a tension between the tremendous importance of prayer and my desperate failure to pray. I’ll write progressively more about praying in months to come. In the meantime, here are a few thoughts rehashed from […]