Author: Vaughan Smith

I Believe in the Holy Spirit: Ballet in the Church and the Emoji Defence

It’s the final battle in a bitter civil war. One side, a powerful army of well-trained soldiers from an oppressive regime, stand armed with the best weapons and death-dealing gear their scientists and engineers have to offer. The other side, a ragtag bunch of outcasts and rebels, has come together to resist this corrupt and oppressive government. Rumour has it that they have a new weapon, capable of bringing all of the power of the regime to a crashing end. The lines are drawn. Warriors gaze at each other across the battlefield, prepared for the struggle of their lives....

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When Church ‘Sucks’

Here’s a little secret that I’ll let you in on – sometimes it is very difficult to enjoy Church. I know, I know! I’m a pastor! I’m supposed to enjoy Church! Often for the Smith Clan, getting to Church on a Sunday morning involves a frenetic typhoon of clothes, toothpaste, and sermon pages, which slowly makes its way towards the front door until it explodes out onto the street. What should we do when Church is difficult to enjoy? Does it mean that we are having a subpar experience? Is it somehow less ‘spiritual’ when you get home and...

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