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

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

My Year of the Hermit Crab

10999507_10205023825688086_6181972284642536584_nI tend to refer to 2014 as my Year of the Hermit Crab. I finished High School at the end of 2012 and left my church of 10 years soon after. I then spent 2013 and 2014 ‘church hunting’, also known as ‘only going to church when I feel like it so every couple of months’. I didn’t ever think going to church was something you could get out of the habit of, but I very much got out of the habit of going to church. I didn’t walk away from the church in terms of my faith – during those 2 years I was still very active in youth ministry, worship and young adults’ ministry – I was just no longer part of a church community. Continue reading

A Year Without Alcohol

jazzaIf you know me, you will probably know I tried to spend 2014 without a drop of alcohol. For the most part I stuck to it. Apart from being encouraged profusely by my parents to drink on my 21st birthday, having communion, and sharing some Sassy Reds with my best friend before we both jetted off to different countries, I made it through the year without a beer or a whisky. I’m pretty proud of that, knowing me.

So, seeing as this blog is intended to provide a space for young Anglican adults to share their stories, and given that the next Grace Collective event is about alcohol, I figured, “Hey, I have a story about that. Let’s write something.” Continue reading

Courage

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I woke up one Sunday morning feeling pretty down. I was going through some difficult stuff and today was just one of those hard days. I couldn’t really face talking to people, let alone going to church. All I wanted to do was have a quiet morning, hibernating at home. However I knew from experience that when things are tough, there is no better place for me to be than among people who love God and love each other. So I pulled myself together and forced myself to go. Continue reading

Dumpster Diving: A Short Introduction

One night I was heading to an ice rink with my youth group for a fun night of snowballs, skates and falling over. Half way to Paradice the young guys in the back said they hadn’t had dinner, so I smiled and told them cheekily I knew a place on the way where they could eat for free. I pointed it out to the youth leader who was driving, we pulled into a parking lot and I told them I’d be back for a couple of minutes. A couple of minutes past, and I came back with a black plastic bag full of donuts. “This isn’t super nutritious, but it will fill you up for sure,” I said.

“Where’d you get this?”

“From the rubbish bin behind Dunkin Donuts.” Continue reading

Discovering Podcasts

I know, podcasts are nothing new. And it’s not like I didn’t know what they were, I’d just never actually deliberately downloaded one. Until this week.

I study full time and work part time, both in the city, so I catch a lot of buses. For the past few years I have listened to music on these buses, the same songs and albums over and over again. The result is me spending the hour plus I spend doing nothing but sitting down withdrawn and dazed. Like a zombie.

I read a blogpost at the beginning of this year about small things you can do that maybe aid in your new years resolutions. One of these points was downloading podcasts to make the most of your daily commute. So I downloaded Serial. Continue reading