The Presence of God

After community breakfast yesterday I visited the home of a friend, clambered over belongings 60cm deep and took in his joy at his painting on the wall. Earlier he had arrived late for breakfast but we unpacked again so we could chat while he munched on a large bowl of cereal. We prayed for his […]

Elusive Archbishop of the slums

It is easy to categorise and be categorised. In many places in society the only way to get ahead is to sublimate yourself in the colours of the tribe. But a true mark of faith and healthy personality is that you are ‘elusive’ to the box-carrying, label-making mechanisms of our world. Jesus told a man, […]

What is love?

In the shadow of a Sydney public housing tower, light and love break out in a post-modern expression of ancient truth. The purely secular event, addressed at times by politicians of the left, fulfilled quite superbly the principle of the good Samaritan. Christians came, not with authority or position, but with that greatest of all […]

More than a label

I was walking in the sunshine at University of Sydney with my little grand daughter who needed a short break from church in the old Geology building. We came across a tree (pictured) with beautiful patterned bark, soft and flakey, and gentle spindly branches that were almost silhouetted against the blue sky. I laid my […]

If we throw away the Way, where will we go?

Please, don’t throw away the Cross. By all means throw me away – my vain words, my frail actions, my petty sacrifices, my faint witness. Walk away from religion and the trappings of institutions; the rules of men and the practise of aggrandisement. Call to account the priestly paedophiles, the pastoral pilferers and the plastic prophets. Reject listless nominalism, […]