Truth is a Person

Two weeks ago we gathered together in our new venue (!!!) for the first time in 2017. The topic was ‘Post-Truth’, what it looks like to follow a God of truth when the truth seems to be so blurry these day (see: alternative facts and fake news), or when truth seems to matter less in light of people’s emotions. Continue reading

The Bible and the Newspaper

For a number of years now I’ve loved the Karl Barth quote about how we as Christians are called to hold the “Bible in one hand, and the newspaper in the other.” I think it holds a number of ideas pertinent to living as the people of God in 2017.

We believe that the scriptures reveal truths about who God is, but also about how he calls us to live as his peculiar and redeemed people. Continue reading

FOMO: Confessions of a people pleaser

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Photo: Isobell Tregoweth

These are my reflections since our last Grace Collective Event: FOMO. The fear of missing out is something which plagues our generation. We over commit in capacity and under commit in quality, or we do nothing because we cannot decide what to do! At our event we had three guest speakers who challenged us on how this attitude aligns (or doesn’t) with the kind of life that Jesus calls us to. I personally was inspired by the stories from those who have given up pursuing multiple dreams and chosen to commit to something through all kinds of seasons, who don’t just duck out when things get tough or boring. This is so counter-cultural in our society! So counter-cultural to my life so far! So here is my rant: Continue reading

Podcasts You Should Be Listening To

Podcasts are amazing. There is a podcast out there for everyone on every topic. From journalism to movie reviews – there is definitely a podcast out there for you. If you’re like me (and I think, most of us) and spend a considerable amount of time on buses/trains/in traffic, podcasts can help you make the most of that time by exposing you to stories from around the world. Here are a few of my favourite podcasts, what are your favourites? Continue reading

Shifting my goals

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The horror of the “same old thing” is one of the most restricting passions of the human heart.

We wear the word mundane, with shame.

We dread that something be the same as it was before, for to be unchanged, is to be failing.

Without realising, my demand for change diminishes my pleasure and increases my desire, whilst simultaneously emptying my pockets, and my sense of satisfaction.

When I finished high school 3 years ago, I went on an adventure. And I did some incredible things, things I don’t regret doing, and things I will truly treasure for the rest of my life. However, I am beginning to realise that although taking on new challenges and striving for cool, great things is not necessarily bad, for me, pursuing adventures for myself has at times blinded me to the reality of the consistent beauties that already exist in my life.

I have been living a “mundane” “normal” life again for over a year since my trip.

“Back to study” “Back to work” “Back to living at home” “Back to the same old thing.”

And secretly, and sometimes not so secretly, I seem to circle back to a longing to be elsewhere, back there, somewhere different, somewhere exciting.  Continue reading

Films I’m excited for (2015 part 2)

Award season is coming up and the movies are coming thick and fast until the end of the year and into 2016. Here is the list I’m excited for:

Steve Jobs:

From the writer (and therefore king of biopics) of The Social Network comes this biopic about the life of Steve Jobs. You guys know by now how much I LOVE BIOPICS. I’m so excited. Continue reading