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The Call of the Deep

The world, though fallen, still bears witness to its Creator. To those who know God through Jesus Christ, creation has even more to say. In this essay, Andy Prideaux reflects on a visit to the ocean and rejoices in its mysterious power to bring him out of his own thoughts and into the light, wind and water of the One who made it and his own life. Can you imagine? You’ve walked down to the beach, to the bottom of the cliff where the hills roll in and rise out of the sea. It’s an ocean beach; beautiful, immense and...

Imperfect Families Run on Forgiveness

I heard it from the other end of the house. Raised voices, a scream and then a very loud ‘I’m sorry! I’m sorry! I’m sorry! Please don’t tell Mum!’ I could tell, even from a distance, that the apology in that outburst was driven mostly by a desire not to get to the point of needing my intervention! Other times, I’ve had the experience of instructing one of my children to apologise and they somehow manage to utter the words ‘I’m sorry’ with such disdain and contempt that it is very clear they mean the exact opposite. Sometimes the problem...

Mars Hill and the Problem with Crowds

Christianity Today’s podcast The Rise and Fall of Mars Hill is making waves across the Evangelical world. [1] It’s the tragic tale of a church, Mars Hill (Seattle), which for many years seemed to be doing amazing things for the Kingdom. Thousands were hearing the gospel through the compelling preaching of Mars Hill’s Senior Pastor, Mark Driscoll. People were being saved. Lives were being transformed. The church was growing rapidly. Thousands were hearing the gospel … But below the surface, things weren’t quite right. But below the surface, things weren’t quite right. Driscoll was loved by many, including people across...

Making Gratitude Great

I was ahead of my time. Way back 35 years ago, when I was at university, I found myself in a funk. Having never failed a test in my life, I’d just failed a significant exam. My chosen degree was not agreeing with me and, although not yet a Christian, I was wrestling with the big issues of faith. I can’t recall what else was going on, but I do remember that no amount of immersing myself into my studies, filling my days to capacity, or chocolate cake was making a difference. I was sad. Within a week I could...

Try Softer

Ninety-Four year old Jenny often reminds me that she is the same age as the Queen. When season four of the Crown came out late last year, Wednesday evenings was dinner with Her Majesty. Jenny was born during the great depression in the UK and she is older than sliced bread. She lived through WWII and migrated to Australia in her eighties to be with her children and grandchildren. The last two years, though, have been some of her hardest. In the midst of the pandemic, Jenny has been in and out of hospital. First an everyday procedure, then an...

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