The Gospel of John chapter 20 (verses 19-31 see below), Jesus introduces the topic of ‘PEACE’ – which, in our current Covid-19 circumstances, is a really good word for us right now. After the crucifixion the disciples locked themselves away for fear that they were next, the fact that Christ had risen, hadn’t dimmed the … Continue reading Walking through walls
Good Friday brings us face to face with the primary Christian symbol, and that symbol is a cross. Through the Passion readings (SEE BELOW), we can be lead through the journey of the arrest, the journey of the trial, the last supper, and then the crucifixion. A dark and difficult time for Jesus. The cross is … Continue reading The Passion of Christ
We are now seeing the world face incredible challenges with the Coronavirus with major cities all around the world closed off, people isolated, food shortages, lack of medical facilities, and people dying for this disease. Our community will be facing some immense challenges ahead, many will feel anxious and desperate. We have already seen crazy … Continue reading ‘Living’ water
Paul’s letter to the first-century disciples in Corinth (1 Corinthians 1: 18-31 – see below)speaks of the foolishness AND power of the Cross of Jesus Christ. The Corinthians text describes Paul confronting the age-old debate about how do human begins to come to know God, to know God or recognize God? Something, I daresay, we all … Continue reading The Cross
We can read from the prophet Isaiah 9:2 9 (see below): “The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned”(Isaiah 9:2). Luke quotes this Isaiah text in connection with the birth of Jesus, and this is the text that often read on … Continue reading Jesus goes into the ‘land of deep darkness’
Don’t be afraid, there is treasure to be found. That’s the message of Jesus in Luke’s gospel (Luke 12: 32-34 see below). In Luke’s gospel Jesus refers to a particular kind of treasure as “unfailing treasure in heaven”! And who doesn’t love the thought of treasure, or better still finding it, or maybe better than … Continue reading Don’t be afraid, there is treasure to be found
A bunch of fisherman has been fishing all night and caught nothing. Jesus turns up, tells them to go back out (into deeper water) and try again. And it’s a strike, two boats full of fish. This is the miracle story described in Luke 5: 1-11 (SEE FULL TEXT BELOW) with Jesus beside a lake near … Continue reading Jesus has gone fishing!
THE BLIND MAN, BARTIMAEUS (Son of Timaeus) “What do you want me to do for you?” This is a great question. It’s a question that Jesus poses to the blind man in Chapter 10: 46-52 (see below) of Mark’s gospel, and earlier in the same chapter to the disciples: “What do you want me to … Continue reading I thought he was blind!
A good reflection on a very difficult topic…..
Firstly, Thanks to everyone who has sent in helpful comments and encouragement after the last blog on the Assembly issues, including privately by email. Your thoughts were helpful and much appreciated.
It’s not my aim to spend the rest of my ministry career blogging about marriage, but as we are still working through the Assembly’s decision on marriage equality, I hope these thoughts may be a helpful resource.
A good number of members from Sydney Central Coast congregations gathered on Tuesday at St John’s Wahroonga for Presbytery’s promised Assembly feedback session. A key part of our meeting was for the members of Assembly to share their overall experience of the gathering and to highlight some of the other important issues the Assembly discussed. Maybe a future ‘Part 3’ of this Assembly blog might focus on those things, which all help the Uniting Church to say clearly what else we are about…
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This is my third and final week on a three week series on Acts, which has seen us move through the work of the Spirit in the early Church that saw amazing healings, baptisms, unprecedented church growth….. This week, we are looking at the encounter between Peter and Cornelius in Chapter 10 (see below), which … Continue reading God has moved out!