All Regular Columnists articles – Page 11

  • jeff-main
    Regular Columnists

    Shadow boxing

    2016-08-20T00:00:00Z

    The dive master surveyed the nervous gaggle of divers, including me. He knew we were all scared and seemed quite delighted about it. We were about to conquer the depths of the Great Barrier Reef.

  • jeff-main
    Regular Columnists

    Pray and Display

    2016-07-14T00:00:00Z

    Snakes. They look scary, they slither and hiss, and Adam should never have chatted with one. Here in Colorado they’re our neighbours.

  • jeff-lucas-main
    Regular Columnists

    It’s A Dog’s Life

    2016-06-17T00:00:00Z

    I’ve never been a fan of bumper stickers, especially the Christian kind.   

  • jeff-main
    Regular Columnists

    When God took over my church meeting

    2016-05-12T00:00:00Z

    Jeff Lucas tells the story of how the Holy Spirit took over a Christian meeting in a remarkable way.

  • jeff-main
    Regular Columnists

    GO AWAY

    2016-04-15T00:00:00Z

    ‘You’re doing what?’ My interrogator, his voice shrill and appalled, his nose wrinkled with disdain, stared at me with a mixture of shock and pity.

  • jeff-main
    Regular Columnists

    A RITE OF PASSAGE

    2016-03-14T00:00:00Z

    Clutching my ticket for a brief trip on the London underground, I squeezed myself into the crammed rush-hour carriage.

  • jeff-main
    Regular Columnists

    The Power of Prejudice

    2016-02-11T00:00:00Z

    I was in unfamiliar territory, sitting in an Anglican church with high ceilings and even higher theology. I loved the warm glow of the flickering candles, but I felt uncomfortable in a church that was stylistically a billion miles from my own worship expression of choice.

  • jeff-lucas-jan-main
    Regular Columnists

    Multitasking

    2015-12-16T00:00:00Z

    A message popped up on my computer screen. It seemed innocuous enough, announcing that it was time for my software to be updated. A single mouse click would launch the procedure.

  • jeff-main
    Regular Columnists

    Waiting

    2015-11-18T00:00:00Z

    Waiting is one of my least favourite things. At the supermarket cheese counter I take one of the numbers helpfully dispensed to prevent irate shoppers from punching each other if someone jumps the queue.

  • jeff-nov-main
    Regular Columnists

    Intimate

    2015-10-13T00:00:00Z

    My personal history of gaffs and lash-ups is extensive. Once I asked a lady when her baby was due – when it had arrived weeks earlier

  • jeff-oct-main
    Regular Columnists

    Step away from the plate

    2015-09-16T00:00:00Z

    Fasting. It’s one of my least favourite things. There are absolutely no benefits that I can think of, and personally I’m against it. I rather fear that there’s been a terrible spelling error, resulting in thousands depriving themselves of food through the centuries, and all because of a lash-up by an errant Friday afternoon scribe.

  • jeff-sept15-main
    Regular Columnists

    Taking Jesus to the movies

    2015-08-10T00:00:00Z

    Kathleen has an unusual hobby. She likes to take Jesus to the movies. In this case, Jesus goes by the name of Barney.

  • jeff-offloading-main
    Regular Columnists

    Offloading

    2015-07-09T00:00:00Z

    I have just returned from a trip to one of my favourite places. Visiting this particular destination is always refreshing; a minibreak there never fails to re-energise me. Checking in is always a breeze, and it’s very inexpensive. I go every week.

  • jeff-july-main
    Regular Columnists

    Shouty Church

    2015-06-16T00:00:00Z

    It was a provocative slant on the Easter story. Last April, broadcaster and journalist Janet Street-Porter made a poignant observation about the society we’re becoming, and suggested that we’re using technology like a rabble of loud bullies. 

  • jeff-june-main
    Regular Columnists

    The haircut

    2015-05-14T00:00:00Z

    Hairdressers often make great evangelists. For one thing, they have a captive audience, keen to chat beyond the standard conversational fodder that they (and taxi drivers everywhere) have to endure: ‘So, have you been busy?’.

  • jeff-slow-main
    Regular Columnists

    Slow up

    2015-04-10T00:00:00Z

    I stared at the envelope and tried to halt the rising feeling of dread that sickened my stomach. Printed on the corner of the stern brown stationery was the Surrey constabulary’s logo. Meldrew-like, I could not believe it. I had been caught speeding yet again; the hapless target of a motorway camera.

  • Regular Columnists

    Age before beauty

    2015-02-11T00:00:00Z

    School taught me how many wives Henry VIII had, helped me glean information about Australia’s mining industry and even taught me the French word for ‘station’, but nobody told me anything about the one thing you never believe will happen when you’re young but happens to every human on the planet.

  • lucas-main
    Regular Columnists

    Ungenerous generation

    2015-01-07T00:00:00Z

    Meanness is ugly. Grabbing is unattractive. Last November’s Black Friday event was dark indeed, as the retail sector’s excuse for a greed-fuelled shopping frenzy sparked scuffles and scrums across the country.

  • jeff-the-night-caller-main
    Regular Columnists

    The Night Caller

    2014-12-17T00:00:00Z

    It’s 1.20am and my mobile is ringing. Loudly. A shrill ringtone, one I selected during a moment of madness, pierces through the thick layers of sleep.

  • jeff-lucas-main
    Regular Columnists

    No Turning Back

    2014-11-13T00:00:00Z

    It all started when I lost my feet. Unable to see them because of the partial eclipse of a spreading abdomen, and becoming quite breathless after navigating a single flight of stairs, I decided to get fit.