Holy Holidays

In my Bible reading this year I have made it up to Leviticus 23. Its contents may not come immediately to mind, so I will jog your memory. It is a portion of the law for Old Testament Israel, and it outlines the Sabbaths and Festivals for the year of that nation. In other words, … Read more…

From pride to humility

We are all sinners in this church. Sometimes we hurt one another – either intentionally, or unintentionally. Following on from this, pride can cause us to not recognise the harm we have done, justify the harm we have done, or if harmed, pride can cause us to justify harming others back. But before God, we … Read more…

Is Freedom always Illusory?

  Freedom has a nice ring to it but can it be achieved this side of Eternity? In the Garden, pre the Fall, Adam and Eve were not free to do what they pleased. After the Fall, things got a whole lot worse and we live with the consequences. The pandemic has been redefined freedom. … Read more…

Pray for our church

As the year begins, please pray for our many ministries which are starting again: Pray for Community Pantry that many receive sufficient food, are welcomed into a caring community and that they hear and respond to new life in Christ. Pray for Bible Studies that leaders can prepare well, and that all members grow in … Read more…

Quick to repent

  What do you do after you sin? How long does it take for you to repent to God? Sometimes we might ignore that we have sinned for a while and pretend as if nothing happened. Or, we might spend time justifying to ourselves that we didn’t hurt that person too badly, or didn’t dishonour … Read more…

Hope in 2021

  In the past, when we have talked about ‘this year’ things have been quite neutral. We might laugh about how we are still writing last year’s date even though it’s already February, wonder where the year has gone in August, and look forward to a fresh start by November.  But the way in which … Read more…

What is your hope for the future?

A CBA CEO once said to me: We do well to look to the future and not dwell on the past. Sound advice perhaps summarised as learn from your mistakes and get on with of living. Either way it does not address where our true hope lies? Our Eternal hope lies in the past with … Read more…

Life under the sun in 2021

As we enter 2021, we look forward to a better year. The recent past has been full of difficult and confusing events. Our inability to make sense of life’s contradictions or control matters is often frustrating, but would it surprise you to learn that that is how it is meant to be? You see, God … Read more…

COVID shows us something deeper

We’ve all been looking forward to Christmas this year, haven’t we? For most of us, we will just make it to the finish line and will be glad to see the back of 2020. We desperately need the joy of Christmas and the deeper meaning of this festival. The main thing we have we learned … Read more…

Incarnation

This year has further propelled us into ‘excaration.’ What is that you might ask? It summarises the technological and societal trends which take us away from bodily presence with others.  Children communicate through their phones even though they are in the same room. Doctors focus on screens and numbers and rarely touch patients. Self-service check … Read more…