From the Grandparents-to-be

They say it’s the most wonderful time of the year, and in so many ways it is. We have fmaily, gifts, food, carols and way too much shopping. And of course there is the Baby. It’s all about a celebration of His amazing birth. Kathryn and I want to wish you all the blessings of […]

Be Careful What We Hear… and Say

[James 3:3-6, 9-10, 17-18] When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal. Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go. […]

Go Full Christmas!

It’s just not like Christmas!…. I’ve heard that phrase quite a bit recently. It kind of goes together with another phrase we’ve often heard in this year of the virus – i.e. “life is just not normal anymore”. Many of the “normal” Christmas and end of year events have been cancelled, deemed too difficult or impossible […]

Love will tear us apart…. and heal us.

Is. 64:1-9 is the OT reading for the first Sunday in Advent, preparing us to celebrate God coming near in the birth of Jesus Christ as a baby at Christmas. Advent is also about God coming near in the appearance of Christ as Lord of all at the end of the age (the “Second Coming”). […]

Why Doesn’t God Get Rid of Coronavirus?

Good question!… First of all, I don’t know. The above question is asked about any bad thing that happens in life. But our response as Christians must always start from the Gospel of Jesus Christ. This tells us that – whatever bad thing is happening – we have a God who gets involved in our […]

The Left, the Right… or the Heights?

There’s been a lot of discussion of politics recently, and the different positions that people hold to. These differences are taken by some with grace and good humour, but between others with passion verging on violence. In some contexts we can be hesitant even to admit to our political views – whether we are toward […]

Bigger Than Politics

In a well known passage in Romans chapter 13, Paul says that we are to submit to the governing authorities, since they are “appointed by God”, and are His “servants” (Ro 13:1-7). This is the case because, being raised from the dead to eternal life, Jesus Christ (God’s ‘right-hand man’) has overcome all powers, and […]

Ravish God

We are to “love God, with all of our heart and mind and soul and strength” (Mt 22:37). This means that we will give the best and most of our time, energies and affections to God our Father, Jesus Christ His Son and to the Holy Spirit. This is the greatest commandment of God. Unless […]

I Hate Change

Yes I do… My personal preference as a minister is to wear clerical clothing. Up until recent years I always wore a clerical collar for worship and preaching. When I commenced ministry I always wore a clerical alb and stole. My preference in worship is for the older and ancient hymn traditions of the church. […]

Forgive… As The Flood

In the days of large sailing ships it was said that vessels travelling 100 miles off the coast of Brazil, as they passed the point of the mouth of the Amazon River, could lower a bucket overboard and draw up fresh water. Imagine the enormous volume and force of the water flowing down that river! […]