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What is the World Coming to?

It only takes a glance at the news on TV, a look at the pain and suffering around us, to prompt people to ask this question. It could be triggered by what we see happening in Iraq, where innocent people are murdered or aid workers beheaded in callous cold blood. Or maybe we hear of what people have done to others in…

Losing the Art of Serving

It seems that as a culture we are changing in the way our society interacts with each other, and supports others by serving them. Sadly, these trends should not surprise us, given the general move in our Western culture away from what can best be described as a Christian worldview to what might be best described as a “Self world view”. Put…

Replayed in an Instant

A modern feature of digital television is “the instant replay”. You can rewind TV and watch the scene again. You can pause the TV or slow it down to a frame by frame advance. In our sports scene there is ongoing debate on how much this instant information should be allowed to guide or overturn the umpires decision. They do make available…

Racism

Racist remarks often raise their ugly head amongst us and whilst we are told they are common in sport but this should not surprise us because they seem to be common in everyday thinking. Do they come from fear of those who appear to be different to us? Or is it because they have been allowed to grow in our minds and…

Happy Easter

It is great to have you join us this morning to celebrate not just the birth or the death but also the resurrection of Jesus. I remember seeing a cartoon where the question was asked “why is Jesus the only way to God?”. The answer came back, “do you know anyone else who rose from the dead?” The crucifixion of Jesus on…

Never Too Heavenly Minded

Author C. S. Lewis, so well known for his endearing Chronicles of Narnia, was a committed Christian. The famous Irishmen, former atheist and Cambridge Professor described his conversion during Trinity term 1929: I gave in and admitted that God was God… perhaps the most dejected and reluctant convert in all England. His writings as a Christian apologist were many.  Recently I’ve been…

Earthquakes and Tsunamis

The earthquake with its accompanying tsunami and consequent nuclear meltdown has evoked much sadness as once again we look on helplessly. Coming in the wake of the loss of life in the Queensland floods and cyclone and the Christchurch earthquake, we are caused to reflect on the events themselves as we feel for, pray for and do what we can to help…

The Church’s Weapon of War

As a church, our weapon of war is the gospel. Mike Raiter A number of years ago I had the privilege of pastoring, for a short time, the Protestant International Church in Islamabad, Pakistan. My wife’s brother and his wife attend that church. They were there on Sunday morning, March 17th, 2002. The preacher was speaking from John 15, on the text,…

An Exciting Step Forward

Last Sunday after the morning tea break we held our Annual Vestry Meeting. In that meeting we received reports from various ministries in the church, elected our office bearers for the coming year and also looked to the future direction and ministries of the parish. It is wonderful to be able to announce that last Sunday we, as a parish, decided to…

Calling Out to God

A journalist in the West Australian wrote that he had observed that, “no one ever blames God when they win the Lotto!” It was a good and apt comment. Why is it that we, in Australia, appear to be so self-consciously slow in giving God thanks or to calling out to him in times of trouble? I have noticed in recent disasters…