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. […]

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 […]

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! […]

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 […]

Continue in What You Have Learned and Firmly Believed – 2Tim 3:14

Paul gives this instruction to every Christian believer so that they may have the gifts of salvation and fullness of life, and be equipped for every situation that they find themselves in (2Tim 3:14-17). What we have learned and firmly believe is God’s truth, His Word, the Gospel of Jesus Christ, which comes to us […]

Do Not Neglect Meeting Together – Heb 10:25

This Biblical injunction has been easier said than done in the months of the COVID-19 pandemic! But, as we’ve said, we have still been able to ‘meet together’ in the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, by keeping in touch by every possible electronic means, and by continuing to worship via the online video stream or […]

Who Do You Think You Are?

Australian social commentator, Hugh Mackay, this week on a Radio National interview, said that “most Australians do not know who they are”. He explained that the focus of the mind and energies of the majority of Australians is taken up with an endless string of tasks. Consequently, few give time or reflection to understanding who […]

Though Thousands Rise Against Me

We thought we’d been through severe restrictions earlier this year with the onset of the Coronavirus, and they were, compared with what most of us have experienced within our relatively comfortable Western lives. Yet that time is beginning to look like a ‘walk in the park’ compared to the surging of the disease at the […]