Easter Blog

The release of the new “Star Wars” trailer has caused a lot of excitement (well I’m excited at least). I’ve been a fan of Star Wars since 1977 when the first instalment came out. I was five and I pestered my parents with the persistence that only a five year old can muster to be…

Minister’s Blog 14 April 2019

As you know we are in the throes of a massive building project here at Noarlunga. Having sold one building we are now considering a number of options as to how best to realise our vision. Should we consider installing comfortable seating, air conditioning, significantly upgrading our sound and visual system, and getting a good…

Minister’s Blog 7 April 2019

There’s a handful of books I re-read on a fairly regular basis. For example, I’ve read J.R.R.Tolkein’s “The Lord of the Rings” more times than I can remember. Do you know that every time I read it, (spoiler alert), Frodo destroys the ring? It’s a strange thing that I can derive pleasure from reading a…

Minister’s Blog 31 March 2019

We’re looking at the very well-known parable of the Prodigal Son this week. Our distance from the time and place of the original telling of it together with our familiarity with the story makes it possible for us to miss its impact. The son is telling the father he wishes him dead. It was expected…

Minister’s Blog 24 March 2019

As a family, the most popular board game we play is “Monopoly”. Except, it’s less of a game in our house and more like open warfare. Reputations are lost and won, bragging rights are established until the next game. Everyone has their strategy of how to win and I reckon I could write a PhD…

Minister’s Blog 17 March 2019

While I have lived in Australia for almost 11 years and have a piece of paper stating I am an Australian, I still probably regard myself as British. It’s got nothing to do with who I barrack for in the Ashes, but more like the traits of my character that come out without me thinking…

Minister’s Blog 10 March 2019

Life can get pretty hard at times. There’s no point trying to gloss over this fact or pretending that it’s all plain sailing. There are times when we feel disconnected from life, when we feel like we are in our own personal wilderness and are struggling simply to survive. There are times when we are…

Minister’s Blog 3 March 2019

“Never look directly at the sun” is good advice. Even though it is 150 million kilometres away, it is so bright that looking at it briefly with unprotected eyes can cause damage to our sight. Harmfully bright light is our theme for the day as we consider the Transfiguration of Jesus. God’s glory is also…

Minister’s Blog 24 February 2019

Ever heard anyone say, “Well now we’ve seen your true colours”? It’s usually when someone has acted in a way that is surprising yet the way they have acted shows what they are truly like. I’m thinking that Professor Snape in the Harry Potter series is a great example of this. All through the series…

Minister’s Blog 17 February 2019

I still remember my first time going inside a prison (it was in a professional capacity I hasten to add). There are a lot of rules that visitors have to follow but the prison officer accompanying me gave me verbal instructions consisting of the most important ones first so I was at least aware of…