Engaging Ramadan as a Christian Minister

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Christian doing Ramadan

This year I am engaging in Ramadan, the Islamic month of fasting. Being an ordained Christian minister I know this raises many questions and for some, concerns. I want to take the opportunity to explain why and how I am doing this, and in the conversation that follows in the comments section, I can further answer any questions. Allow me … Read More

Embracing Simplicity

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Spiritual Disciplines

I was chatting on a radio station recently about TEAR Fund’s One Helping cookbook that has been put together with recipes from some of New Zealand’s best chefs, with all profits from the sale of the book going to help fund TEAR Fund’s partners who are working to combat human trafficking and slavery. The beauty of the cookbook is that … Read More

In this Hour of Quiet

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Almighty God, in this hour of quiet I seek communion with Thee. From the fret and fever of the day’s business, from the world’s discordant noises, from the praise and blame of men, from the confused thoughts and vain imaginations of my own heart, I would now turn aside and seek the quietness of Thy presence. All day long have … Read More

In the Stillness

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In the Stillness

There is a need for us to stop and pause in the stillness, silence, and the space of the contemplative. In so doing we allow God to work in us in such a way that as we step into our relationships with others and the world around us, they, in turn, can encounter the Divine. In this video Phileena Heuertz … Read More

The Point of Silence

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The Point of Silence

If I had to sum up the point of silence and the contemplative practice of it in my life, I would use this line I grabbed from another blog post.

Prayer: It’s Not a Tool for Effectiveness

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Pope Francis

I just read an article over at Christianity Today by Mark Galli, reviewing the recent Catalyst conference. I have to admit, I tend to groan when I hear the word ‘conference’ – I’ve developed a bias against them that is probably a little unfair and since what I do involves turning up to some of them from time to time … Read More

Psalm 26: Look at Me, God!

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After my initial reading of Psalm 26 I had a little thought, wondering if King David would have been diagnosed as bipolar had he been in today’s world. I don’t say that as any sort of slight on anyone, it was just a wondering. Of course, no such conclusions can be gathered from his writings but they sure go through … Read More