He stood with his fists raised in open aggression. But as he spoke he was swaying a little – ‘Come on – I can take on the lot of you.’ One of the approaching Police Officers attempted to calm him down – but he was having none of it. He swung his fists wildly – but only succeeded in tripping forward and falling to the ground. Still shouting, swearing and threading violence he was lifted up by the Officer closest to him and led to the nearby police car. Continue Reading
For a tree to be healthy and strong it requires good roots. The same is true of a building – if the foundation is suspect then, as we have sometimes seen, the consequences can be devastating.
The problem for the birds or animals living in the tree or the people in the building is that they usually have no way of knowing if the roots are diseased or the foundation is unsound.
The same is true in the realm of faith and religion. Continue Reading
Nothing grieves the heart more than the suffering of children. Most parents will tell you that if they could take on the suffering of their child they would. I had a friend who once prayed that the illness of his son be transferred to him instead – a prayer which was, astoundingly, answered almost instantly. Continue Reading
Does your religion, belief system, church or denomination lay an emphasis on knowledge or wisdom? Yes, of course there will, of necessity, be an overlap between the two at some point – but it appears to me that the church, at least in the West, has traditionally promoted and valued knowledge over wisdom. And the problem is that we have come to believe that great knowledge equates to great wisdom. This lie is one of the reasons that society in general and the church in particular is in such a mess today. Continue Reading
In the beginning there was love. Love ruled in relationship, behaviour, attitude and indeed every aspect of life and living. People loved people, loved God, loved animals, loved nature, loved their environment. And love cared, love gave, love loved everywhere in every situation. Continue Reading