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God of all nations

19 November 15church, compassion, Culture, Faithfulness, Prayer

Last Saturday morning I checked Facebook before I checked the news. I saw that a friend of mine who lives in Paris had posted that she was safe and sound in Italy. I remember thinking what an odd thing to post. I was a bit confused. It was only a few hours later that one…

Reflections of a rookie minister in her first year on the job

22 October 15church, Culture, Identity, Serving

Part 1 – What does a minster do all day? A few months ago I was away and I got to meet new people each and every day. The conversation always came round to the question ‘so what do you do during the week?’ At the end of my trip I reflected to a friend…

Work, rest, play no more

8 October 15church, Culture, Identity, Politics, Uncategorized

Work, rest, play I need to preface this blog by stating that I am not an economist. I very rarely understand the articles in the Financial Review and I if you ask our church treasurer I sometimes struggle to make my work budget balance. Economics and commerce are not personal strong suits. With these caveats…

Tonight on The Bachelor…

10 September 15Culture, Gospel, Hospitality

There are two weeks left of the current season of The Bachelor. Up until a few weeks ago I had never watched a single episode of this reality television franchise. I have now watched four whole episodes and I have to admit that I have become rather invested in the love life of Sam Wood….

Can Christians Get a Tattoo?

27 August 15Culture, Tattoos

Here’s an issue which seemingly divides opinions in church circles! Ask older Christians and the consensus would likely be ‘no’. Ask younger ones and the answer might vary. To some, tattoos are marks of idolatry and a desecration of a person’s body. To others, it is a form of self-expression and art which can be…

Please don’t sue me for talking about tolerance – Part 1

13 August 15Culture

This blog is part one of two looking at the idea of tolerance in Australian society. A few years ago the former Archbishop of Sydney Peter Jensen appeared on ABC’s Q&A. One of his fellow panellists was the comedian Catherine Deveny. At one point in the debate Jensen was asked about tolerance. As part of…

The Heart of our Winter Discontent

5 August 15Apps, Books, Culture, Discontent, Music

Our actions give us away. Although we might be able to hide, for a time eventually what we really think and how we really feel will be revealed in our actions – it will come out. As humans, we are just connected up that way. The most excruciating times in people’s lives come when how…

The Christian Danger of 50 Shades of Gray

8 February 15Apologetics, Culture, Pornography

At one1seven church – Green Square on Sunday 8th February, I interviewed journalist and fellow church member, Kaley Payne about the article she wrote highlighting the dangers of the upcoming movie 50 Shades of Gray, based on the massively successful book by EL James. I will post some of the highlights of our discussion on…