You may have experienced, as I have, the ‘big box’ Christmas prank. A huge wrapped box is presented amid a chorus of “what can it be?”, then layers of wrapping shed revealing a slightly smaller box within and then another and so on, until only a small box remains containing a not-so-impressive pair of socks.… Read More Unboxed

The Beyond-ness and Within-ness of God

Some moments from the Christmas story loom large in my imagination. The shuffling of feet through Bethlehem’s darkened streets in search of lodging. A new baby, all skin creases and twitching muscles laid in a makeshift bed. Shepherds on a hillside shocked and awed by light and song. A star shining brighter than those around it.

There is also another significant moment, precluding these nativity scenes…… Read More The Beyond-ness and Within-ness of God

The art of church welcoming

Every year Brent and I make a point of visiting at least a couple of churches that aren’t our own, preferably those where we don’t know people. We do this partly to keep our eyes open to the broader church, but also so that we don’t forget what it’s like to walk into a new church not knowing anyone. Having been part of churches for most of our lives, we could easily forget how it feels to be an outsider coming in!… Read More The art of church welcoming