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 […]
A young professional joined in our breakfast and told of some recent spiritual seeking. Eve: ‘I spent the week at a temple learning some Buddhist meditation.’ Me: ‘Are you Buddhist?’ Eve: ‘No!’ She seems incredulous I would draw that conclusion. Eve: ‘As someone has said, being spiritual is a good start.’ I busily serve food […]
George has a long history of telling me jokes that I cannot decipher and last Sunday was no exception: George: Did I tell you the one about the man who went into the burger shop? Me: No, I don’t think so, fire away. George: See a man went into a burger shop with his friend […]
Brian*: ‘Oh, and I’ve found Jesus.’ Me: ‘Yeah? That’s great.’ Brian: ‘He was on the corner of Ross St and Pyrmont Bridge Road.’ Me: ‘Mmm, well that’s as good a place as any.’ * named changed for privacy Stories from the ‘sharing our lives’ community breakfast being held at the Booler Centre, Lambert St […]
Hungrythirsty is a not a new idea in fact it’s not an idea it would be more like a feeling. When your are hungrythirsty you know you need something more than a new car, Mad Men on Blueray or free food at the footy and so you use two words to mask your fear. I […]
Lying forlornly in the dirt, like a yellowing tomb slit open, is the remains of an early season tomato from my garden that didn’t quite make it to the plate. Sydney’s unseasonally damp summer has meant the vigorous tomato plant this specimen came from is long gone, afflicted by various diseases and my lack of […]
Hey Kate, Honestly, what did the Snowman desert taste like? Kate Bracks: Absolutely beautiful, I know it messes with your head that you are using carrot in a sorbet but I think when you are having a dessert made by the best chef in the world it tastes good!
In John 2 Jesus attends a wedding in a Galilean town called Cana. Like many people at wedding receptions, it seems he took a low profile, perhaps feeling like he was on the edge of the relationships at the heart of the wedding. Besides, celebrations can be hard when a difficult reality is always on […]
Australia’s MasterChef’s contestants were tonight [July 11, 2010] asked to cook dishes in keeping with the ‘seven deadly sins’ of wrath, greed, sloth, pride, lust, envy, and gluttony.
‘So how do you know if God is calling you into an area of ministry or service?’ the young person asked as we stirred our flat whites at Deus ex Machina. It’s a question you are asked many times as a pastor and it is rarely as black and white as people would like. I […]