23 Sep 2020

Bouncing Forward

updated September 2020 As COVID–19 appears to be slowly flatlining in the Eastern Territory, several companies have launched some rather savvy product advertising. Some are making accommodations for hard times

19 Jun 2020

A Father’s Day view of spiritual formation

I’m no longer Matt Hodgson; I mean, of course I’m still me, but that’s not how I’m known. I’m now known as “Grace’s Dad” or “Ella’s Dad” or “the triplet’s

03 May 2020

Mental health and spiritual formation

My 4–month-old son had been diagnosed with cancer and was undergoing chemotherapy. In between visits to the hospital and the pediatric cancer clinic, I tried to make time for my

21 Mar 2020

Self-Care: Reflections on Finding Rhythm

During this difficult period, it may be more necessary than ever to practice a little self-care. Find a quiet place to pause and reflect: What rhythms of rest and work

11 Mar 2020

The Gift of Equality

  From my earliest childhood memories, I recall a young version of myself lining up toys that I could find in our house—dolls, stuffed animals, and even an Ultimate Warrior

31 Jan 2020

Four soul–searching questions from the Bible

I believe that Christians are people of the Bible. As a child of God, I stand firm in the faith that the Bible is the living Word of the living

02 Dec 2019

A spiritual assessment for the new year

As this calendar year comes to an end, the natural tendency is to look back and ask “What big milestones were there? How have I changed? Were there defining moments?

01 Nov 2019

Seeing Jesus

Two years ago, my family and I began preparing and serving hot meals in the village of Spring Valley, New York. We joined this ministry, which has been carried out

02 Oct 2019

The Communion of Empty Hands

Thomas Pettepiece tells the story of a group of political prisoners who gathered on Easter morning to celebrate communion. They had no bread; they had no wine or chalice. They

29 Aug 2019

When God is Silent

So Hagar bore Abram a son, and Abram gave the name Ishmael to the son she had borne. Abram was eighty-six when Hagar bore him Ishmael…. …When Abram was ninety-nine

18 Jul 2019

Summer reading for you

Can you see yourself sitting on a bench, feeling a cool breeze, while reading some wonderful books with your friend? Enjoy these suggestions from Spiritual Life Development (SLD) and have

03 Jun 2019

SA Justice:
On Earth as it is in Heaven

Since coming into my appointment as Territorial Social Justice Secretary two years ago, I have regularly been asked, “What exactly is social justice?” and “What does that look like for