Mention the word 'meditation' today, and for many people, especially Christians, it will evoke images of someone sitting in a yoga pose with their eyes closed and endlessly chanting 'ohm'. Meditation tends to be associated with Buddhism, exotic Eastern cults, or new age philosophy. Yet the practice of meditation has strong historical roots for people … Continue reading The Lost Art of Meditation
Hi there. How are you? Welcome to the third episode of my new weekly video case - Soul Food. [Watch it now on the Soul Food with Mark Conner YouTube Channel] We’ve been talking about the importance of self care. Self care isn’t selfish. The best gift you can give the people around you, is … Continue reading Soul Food Episode 3 – Mindfulness
Hi there. How are you? Welcome to the second episode of my new weekly video cast - Soul Food. [You can watch it on the Soul Food with Mark Conner YouTube channel] Last week we began talking about the importance of self care. Self care isn’t selfish. In fact, the best gift you can give … Continue reading Soul Food Episode 2 – Reflection
Happy father’s day to all the dads out there. Becoming a father is one of the true joys in life. Let’s take time to thank, honour and appreciate all the dads in our life today. This picture is of 3 of my fathers. In the middle is my dear dad, Kevin Conner. He never knew … Continue reading Happy Father’s Day!
Welcome to the first episode of my new weekly video - Soul Food. Read all about Soul Food and then view it on the 'Soul Food with Mark Conner' YouTube channel, Instagram TV, or Facebook. What a crazy time this is for our world, especially with the global COVID-19 pandemic. Here in Melbourne, where I … Continue reading Soul Food Episode 1 – Self Care
Next week is Spring here in Melbourne. It will be a new season - and a time for new beginnings and new things. I’m excited to be creating something NEW myself - starting next Wednesday. Watch this space!
As of Sunday, 22nd March this year, churches in Australia could no longer meet in physical buildings due to the coronavirus pandemic lockdown. The majority of churches had to immediately move to some kind of online platform - ready or not. For some, this was a relatively easy step, especially for churches who had already … Continue reading COVID-19 and the Church
I am white, I am male, I am tall, I am middle class, I am educated, I am straight, and I grew up in a Christian home. All of these things were given to me by birth, not by choice. I did not earn them or do anything to acquire them - other than live … Continue reading Waking Up to My Own ‘Blind Privilege’
This coming Sunday is Mother's Day, a century-old tradition of taking time to thank and honour our amazing mums. Mums are special people we owe so much to - in addition to our very existence! Most mums are faithful, loyal, hard-working, loving and caring people. We honour and applaud them today. Of course, Mother’s Day … Continue reading The Love of a Mother
Good morning from Melbourne! It's getting a little cooler here as Autumn kicks in (or is it Winter already!?). I love this season, especially the beautiful autumn leaves everywhere. Walking each morning and evening in the nearby Edinburg Gardens with my lovely wife and our quirky pugalier is a highlight of my day. Today begins … Continue reading Threshold Times
Welcome to the Easter weekend, 2020. What an unusual and strange world we live in right now. I hope you found my few thoughts on living in turbulent times helpful and encouraging. Easter is an important date on the yearly calendar, and especially for Christians who take this time to reflect on the death, burial … Continue reading Happy Easter!
Draw from God's STRENGTH Turbulent times can be very discouraging and very draining. The very atmosphere of perpetual negativity can wear us out. Yet, Habakkuk reached out to declare God as his strength, the one who would enable him not just to survive but to even thrive in these difficult times. He declared God as … Continue reading Living in Turbulent Times (Part 5)
Hold on to Your JOY Habakkuk did not receive the answer he was looking for. Things were not going to turn for the better right away. Yet he chose to rise above this and hold on to his joy. "Even though the fig trees have no blossoms, and there are no grapes on the vines; … Continue reading Living in Turbulent Times (Part 4)
Look for OPPORTUNITY Despite the crisis and the turbulence of his time, Habakkuk learned to realise that God was at work and that each day was an opportunity to see God’s purposes realised in his time. The central verse of his book is this … "For as the waters fill the sea, the earth will … Continue reading Living in Turbulent Times (Part 3)
Find Clarity in the Uncertainty "I will climb up to my watchtower and stand at my guardpost. There I will wait to see what the Lord says and how he will answer my complaint."Habakkuk 2:1. NIV Habakkuk pulls aside from the normal routines of life to reflect and waits to hear from God. During turbulent … Continue reading Living in Turbulent Times (Part 2)