Minister’s Blog 17 January 2021

Last week I was watching those unbelievable scenes from America on television. I tried to explain what was going on but found the only thing I could say was “you have to come and see this”. There are times when what we are experiencing is so unusual, or powerful, that we cannot really explain it…

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Minister’s Blog 3 January 2021

A lot of people these days tell me they are “blessed”. It’s become the default reaction to anything positive that has happened to them like receiving some windfall, gaining a promotion at work, or simply getting a car park nearer the store entry. Such usage now tends to lead us to associate “blessing” with some…

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Minister’s Blog Christmas 2020

I know that this year has been an extremely challenging one for everyone. For the majority of the year, we’ve been living with the fear and anxiety over the international pandemic. We are painfully aware of all the things we couldn’t do as we would have liked to have done. We think of all the…

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Minister’s Blog 20 December 2020

As Christians we are commanded to love God and one another. The naturally occurring question arising from this is, “How do we show love?” If we believe advertisements, we might have to buy expensive gifts of jewellery. Maybe we need to be lavishing flowers, wine and chocolates on one another? Perhaps we should reserve a…

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Minister’s Blog 6 December 2020

Every year, on the fourth Thursday in November, Americans celebrate Thanksgiving. While we Australia don’t celebrate this day itself, I find that we do join in with some of the other aspects of the holiday namely the shopping festivals known as “Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday”. Last week I think that every shop I have…

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Minister’s Blog 29 November 2020

I think we could all use some hope these days. It’s been a very difficult year as we have faced dreadful bushfires and are now suffering through a global pandemic that has completely upended our lives. Just when we thought things were getting better, we had an outbreak, and we were locked down to give…

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Minister’s Blog 8 November 2020

Woody Allen famously remarked that he was not afraid of dying, he’d just prefer not to be around when it happened. While it’s a funny one liner, I think it gives voice to an extremely common conception around death. Death is seen as the final ending of everything and, as humans, it’s something we all…

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