Uluru

The massive sandstone monolith in central Australia, known as Uluru or Ayers Rock, is sacred to the Aboriginal people and is one of the nation’s most recognisable natural landmarks. One of its amazing features is the way in which it appears to change colour at different times of the day and year, most notably at […]

Yes, to us, but, more importantly, in us

Having just finished reading through the prophet Isaiah at the end of last week, I turned back to the New Testament to be re-acquainted with Paul’s letters to the churches. Like for many of you, Paul’s letters have been constant companions. Always challenging, the letters continue to inspire and inform my thinking and preaching. Yesterday, […]

Please Close The Gate

When travelling through farming districts, it is common to be reminded, by a sign fixed to a gate, “Please close the gate”. Failure to do so, could allow valuable stock to wander away. On the first day of the New Year, it is a day for gate-shutting. Where, for instance, a decision has been made, […]

The New Year, 2021

Francis Brienen, a British minister and author in the Reformed Church. has written the following inspirational prayer for the New Year. Make it your earnest prayer for 2021.  God of all time,who makes all things new,we bring before you the year now ending.For life full and good,for opportunities recognised and taken,for love known and shared,we […]

The Grace of God

Theologians point out that there is a sharp distinction between the use of the word ‘grace’ in the Old and New Testaments. In the Old Testament, it can be used to designate kindness and graciousness in general, with no particular tie or personal relationship between the individuals involved. It is also used to signify a […]

Reformation Day (31st October)

In the Protestant Reformation of 1517, the Christian church, under the leadership of Martin Luther, rediscovered the truth that grace is the pulsing heart of Christian life. It had been discovered and rediscovered many times before that, as it has been rediscovered many times since. However, the 16th century had seen a loss of it […]

To Whom Can We Turn?

From time to time, everyone needs to find or give an ear. We have issues, concerns, problems, challenges to meet or decisions to make. Often, we just need a sounding board – someone who can give advice or suggestions – or simply someone to hear us in a non-judgemental way. Just talking about things can […]

Forgettery

Struggling to remember the date of an important event, Eric apologised, saying, “My memory is not too good these days,… but I do have an excellent forgettery!” Many of us, I’m sure, could closely identify with Eric! Ps 78 says that the Ephraimites (the northern tribes of Israel – kind of like a denomination of […]

The Hope of Forgiveness

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbour and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children of God.” [Mt 5:43-45] C.S. Lewis, one of the most influential Christian authors in the last century, recounted […]

After Winter Comes Spring

September is here. In a familiar seasonal change, winter will slowly and gently pass in order to herald spring. God created the four seasons and, in many ways, we see the signature of the same artist in our lives. Our lives will change, and we will enter and exit many seasons, but the Son remains […]