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Aging Faithfully

24 September 15Aging, Faithfulness, Uncategorized

On a recent holiday my friends and I watched the movie Wish I was here. A key plot point (without giving away any spoilers) is the lead character dealing with imminent death of his father. In Nearing Home: Life, Faith and Finishing Well Billy Graham writes about getting older and facing death. The book opens:…

A New Prime Minister

17 September 15Politics, Prayer

On Monday Night, the caucus of the Federal Parliamentary Liberal Party voted Malcolm Turnbull into the role of leader, and therefore into the role of Australian Prime Minister. I’m sure I’m not alone in thinking that in symmetry to the events of November 2009 (where Tony Abbott replaced Malcolm Turnbull), these sort of back-room, hastily…

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….

Do you pray for your suburb?

3 September 15church, Gospel, Latest News, Prayer

I recently moved into Redfern. I have always been an advocate of living in the suburb where you go to church. Having commuted in for six months it is so exciting to wake up and walk to work everyday through the streets of the suburb I minister to. As I walk to church throughout the…

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…

Why We Teach Scripture in our Local Public School

20 August 15Education, Public School, Scripture, SRE

In the last few weeks, much has been made about the teaching of Special Religious Education (SRE) or “Scripture” in Schools. At issue is a section of education policy in New South Wales allowing for time to be allocated within the school week for ‘the religious education of children of any religious persuasion’. It simply…

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…

Do you know what a Carol is?

15 December 14Christmas, Uncategorized

When you do, it is all the more reason to come to our Community Christmas Carols Night and Christmas Day Services! “‘Carol’ came into English in the 14th century from an Old French word meaning ‘joyful song’. In fact, it meant a song so bright and joyful that you could dance to it. Originally, and…