What You Need

I have lived with an au pair, cook, nurse, teacher, confidante, chauffeur, counsellor and disciplinarian. All these were my mother. She has been what I needed her to be at that exact moment. She has been all that and a whole lot more. She is my father’s wife, my brother’s mother, her patient’s nurse and midwife. There are lots of other relationships she has with other people, interacting with them in ways she and I never could. Continue reading

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​ You Couldn’t Stop it if You Tried


“You’ll be back,” says the haunting thought. It mocks as you swear you’ll never dial that number again, even though you leave it in your phonebook or when you clear your browser’s history but leave that hidden folder (for next time?). Maybe it rolls its eyes at you when you quit smoking for the sixth time that month or when you pour that drink into the sink but keep it for deposit.
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Syringes in the Pews

“An ever increasing craving for an ever diminishing pleasure is the formula.”
(C. S. Lewis. “The Screwtape Letters.”)

The only high you ever enjoy is your first one; you spend the rest of your life trying, in vain, to repeat it. That is addiction in brief. In contrast, an apple always tastes like an apple should, if it doesn’t, you throw it away. As if dependence and addiction weren’t bad enough, each hit leaves you worse off than before – physically, emotionally, mentally and financially. There is a type of drug often imbibed in our pews today: Continue reading

My Jesus Is The Problem

It is just crazy how we can “know where we are in prophecy” but still cheat on each other. We can hardly begrudge those who stand in the maternity ward, raising their bewildered eyebrows at the sight of pregnant teens whose parents sang out loud amens when elders preached against condoms but were dumbfounded when the same elders fathered children with their babies. What of the young man so helpful at church but drinks till he blacks out later on? Of what relevance is their faith in their lives? Continue reading