Slowly, powerfully, turning the other cheek

“But I say, do not resist an evil person! If someone slaps you on the right cheek, offer the other cheek also.” Jesus – Matthew 5:39 Turning the other cheek is easily misunderstood. The story is told of how the great Australian social reformer and evangelist, Rev Bob Hammond, was once confronted with this verse […]

Slow rain on fast blog

It’s snowing on Utterance, a WordPress nod to Christmas. But as we are in the southern hemisphere, and the weather is decidedly warm and damp, I think we can describe it as ‘slow rain’. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, it may be time to upgrade your computer… And some trivia for a slow, […]

Cross carries comfort for Scott Rush

When Scott Rush arrived at Denpasar’s District Court on August 26 his white shirt shone in the Bali heat. By the time he stood in court a dark, wooden cross, of the kind commonly carved and sold in Bali, was hanging around his neck, outside his shirt. As he made his statement to the magistrates, […]

Unforgiveness allows wrongdoer to rent a room in our head

If anyone in Australia has learned something about the giving and receiving of forgiveness, it is Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton. Lindy was convicted in 1982 of killing her baby daughter Azariah while camping at Uluru in 1980 before being finally exonerated six years later. In that time, Lindy was judged wrongly not only by many in the police and court system, […]

Religion of hate loses touch with God of love

‘Many women who do not dress modestly … lead young men astray, corrupt their chastity and spread adultery in society, which (consequently) increases earthquakes.’ – Senior Iranian cleric,  Hojatoleslam Kazem Sedighi, as quoted by Iranian media.  ‘Thank God for eight more dead troops. We are praying for 8,000 more. We’ve turned America over to the fags; they’re coming home in body […]

Where we were once slaves

‘I saw a man coming, as it were from Ireland. His name was Victoricus, and he carried many letters, and he gave me one of them. I read the heading: “The Voice of the Irish”. As I began the letter, I imagined in that moment that I heard the voice of those very people who were […]

No growth without change

Growth is change               in a positive direction                          towards Christlikeness                                 we won’t grow if we won’t change. Change involves continuing to let go of wrongdoing (repentance). Change involves continuing to let go of hurt and blame (forgiveness). Change involves continuing to renew our mind with God’s word (learning). Change involves continuing to enlarge capacity through the Spirit (experiencing). […]

Does God forgive Tiger Woods?

In a world where private moments are played out on a global stage, nothing is certain about Tiger Wood’s statement today. Is it a carefully stage-managed step towards restoring his golfing career and endorsements, or the honest confession of broken but recovering man? Hopefully it is the latter, and if so, the apology part of […]