‘Art Needs No Justification’

Several months ago, when I was thinking about what I wanted to do in the future, I realised that the majority of my gifts were in the arts - such as writing, playing music, and the study of languages. To make a living off these interests is not impossible but is more difficult than other... Continue Reading →

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Oh, Ian (A World Suicide Prevention Day Poem)

A few years ago I was deeply into the music of Joy Division: a Manchester-based post-punk band from the late 70's. The lead singer, Ian Curtis only 23 took his life at the young age of 23, not long before the band were to set out on their North American tour. He suffered from depression... Continue Reading →

Final Thoughts on Moving to Tokyo.

Presenting yourself as someone who 'has it all together' is important in Tokyo - a city full of those who, by all appearances, appear successful. But if you dig below the layers, there is an emptiness that engulfs the soul. The product of this is the salaryman or student trying to find rest on a... Continue Reading →

Brother Lawrence

“The difficulties of life do not have to be unbearable. It is the way we look at them - through faith or unbelief - that makes them seem so. We must be convinced that our Father is full of love for us and that He only permits trials to come our way for our own... Continue Reading →

Thoughts on Moving to Tokyo, 4.

I recently met with a friend and said something along the lines of: 'When Japanese people leave Japan and go to a Western nation, they generally adopt Western values and move towards a more healthy self-image. But I don't know what values I will take home from my time here if any." Thankfully, my friend... Continue Reading →

Kierkegaard and Ducks

It was Sunday morning, and all the ducks dutifully came to church, waddling through the doors and down the aisle into their pews where they comfortably squatted. When all were well-settled, and the hymns were sung, the duck minister waddled to his pulpit, opened the Duck Bible and read: “Ducks! You have wings, and with... Continue Reading →

Spurgeon

Do not be ashamed of being called 'narrow'. Do not be ashamed of being supposed to lead a life of great precision and exactness. There is nothing very grand about breadth, after all. And I have noticed one thing: the broadest men I have ever met with in the best sense have always kept to... Continue Reading →

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