I have lived through a season or two of wildfires in California. Pepperdine which always looked like one of the most beautiful campuses in the world (its location, location, location) is having major problems with fires surrounding it and famous Ausses in Malibu – Mel and Olivia – may have to evacuate if they have not already.

Its funny knowing that we get concerned about what happens in church, we pray for God’s fire to cleanse us and make us new, for God’s fire to fall. Yet this is talk more of judgement than grace.

Steve Camp sang, and possibly wrote, a song years ago entitled “Grace is the smell of rain” for some reason, possibly living in drought stricken Brisbane, I’d prefer rain to judgement.