Of All That Can Be Said.   A Poem

Of All That Can Be Said. A Poem

Of all that can be said of God, to attribute the word ‘controlling’ strikes me as cruel and unusual. I know “God is in control” can serve as a bandage to angst, a platitude to suffering, and cover for disappointment – but it’s...
Longings – a poem

Longings – a poem

A poet once proclaimed that the idea of God was too much for the young to grasp, that they were lacking days lived or dreams lost to carry the concept of a divine being, that the immature were more likely to mistake certainty for truth and that truth for a faith that...
On luck, death, disability and bankruptcy

On luck, death, disability and bankruptcy

10 years ago this week, I filed for voluntary bankruptcy. After a string of bad luck were simply unable to pay bank debts back. We tried for some time to negotiate and liquidate the few assets we had but the banks were like relentless wolves after meagre prey. I would...
Messengers – a poem

Messengers – a poem

Pay close attention to the wisdom of your body in the quiet seasons, in the waiting times, in the desert times. This is where those you had no time for, demand your attention once more. Rumi suggested you invite the unexpected visitors in for tea. Jesus suggested you...
Humility – a poem

Humility – a poem

Perhaps humility feels like this: to shut my mouth, quiet my critique, and make space for sappling and seed only time away from tallness. To leave generous gaps in the canopy of wisdom. To recall that I too remain dependent on the elements and shelter of neighbours...
Reimagining Salvation

Reimagining Salvation

On this day, 28 years ago in ’95, I sat in the lounge room of a youth pastor’s humble home and said a prayer commonly known as The Sinner’s Prayer. That day felt like a remarkable moment, and the 10 other teens in that little Bible study on Bribie...
Write a Poetry Collection with me in 2023

Write a Poetry Collection with me in 2023

I’m looking for 14 people who want to learn to write and publish poetry to join me in this 5-month immersive writing and publishing adventure.  All the details are here: https://poetrychapel.com/poetry-chapel-collective-experience/   Poetry Chapel...
Dangerous Grace Gatherings

Dangerous Grace Gatherings

Dangerous Grace explores the radical notion that God accepts us as we are, right now. Dangerous Grace is expressed in its truest transformative sense when we move beyond the ‘be better / try harder’ mantras of the false-self and can say an embodied and...
I want to publish a book. What are my options?

I want to publish a book. What are my options?

I help people publish their own books.  The differences between publishing options vary.  Many years ago, aspiring authors simply hoped to get signed by a big name Traditional Publisher – this was one of the only ways to get a book to market. But things have...