Salvation = Humility

The Bible says, “blessed are the meek (or humble), for they shall in-herit the earth” (Mt 5:1-5). And, as Monty Python said, “Oh, that’s nice isn’t it? I’m glad they’re getting something, ‘cause [the meek] have had a hell of a time.”!! But no, blessing has never been the payment for being humble, like compensation […]

Hating Grace

For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God – not the result works, so that no one may boast.         [Eph 2:8,9] In this famous verse, St Paul succinctly states the Christian Gospel: we are saved from sin and death, and saved into […]

Losing Your Salvation

Is it possible to lose your salvation?… Some say yes, some say no. If yes, it’s a scary prospect! As well as having eternal ramifications, it’s also an intensely practical matter. Being assured that our lives are ultimately loved, judged as “ok”, approved and accepted by God, and eternally secure in that truth, affects our […]

Up Close and Personal

Psalm 19:1,4,8,11 “The heavens declare the glory of God;…. Their voice goes out into all the earth,….” “The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes…. By them your servant is warned; in keeping them there is great reward.” Every part of creation speaks of the glory of God. Like a work […]

Where it all begins

Jesus’ public ministry began with his baptism by John and confrontation with Satan in the wilderness. Unlike our own experience, his baptism could not deliver anything to Jesus that he did not already have. His baptism was for us. Jesus chose to be baptised in obedience to the Father’s command (Matthew 3:15). Humility. “In your […]

Lent. A message from the Elders

Lent is a time for spiritual examination. A time to seriously consider the integrity of our relationship with the Holy Father and to re-align ourselves with what God wants for us. It is also a time to reflect on the finished work of Jesus Christ – His eternal victory over sin and death (1 Peter […]

The Affair of the Sausages

The year is 1522 and the location is Zurich, Switzerland. A Pastor, Ulrich Zwingli, has contracted a printer, Christoph Froschauer, to publish a collection of his sermons on the epistles of St. Paul. Printing in the sixteenth century was an arduous affair and Froschauer had his workers busily engaged well beyond their normal working hours […]

Hearing God’s Word

I began my formal training to become a Minister of the Word at the beginning of year 2001. We became members of Hope Valley Uniting Church because we lived just down the road in Valley View. We joined a Bible Study group which kicked off with a study on the book of 2 Timothy, a […]

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, […]