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Why Aussies hate church

The actual name of the infographic I’m discussing today is the ‘Australian Communities Report’, but I suspect I found it through a link with the more provocative title of Why Aussies Hate Church and I kind of like that. I have no idea where I downloaded this infographic from, but it is available at the […]

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Everyday Life Faith

When I am weak

As we stare down the rapidly looming freight train of Christmas, it drags with it the realisation that 2014 is almost at an end. Frankly, I will be happy to see the last of this year, or at least the difficulties it has contained. To quote Queen Elizabeth II, for me 2014 has been an […]

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The first step to joy

To step out into the world in joy – I had allowed this to become a dead dream, hidden away in dusty archives of my memory. But maybe even I can walk in joy in this world. The first step to joy has to be seeing despair. Stepping into freedom requires unlocking of bonds. If I […]

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5 Steps from wet-blanket to worship

Our preaching team is currently focusing on Psalms, here are some thoughts on Psalm 146 from my most recent sermon: Have you ever stood in church, somewhat irritably, resenting that some bubbly, happy person up the front is telling you to praise God? Have you ever secretly thought, “If you, smiley person, had just endured my […]

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A weaned child

Do you ever miss the irresponsibility of childhood? When your needs were met by parents and you just got on with living rather than worrying. In my previous post I cited  Psalm 131 as an example of being focused on what is most important. The image of a weaned child resting upon its mother has […]

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Propitiation

The ESV translation of 1 John 4:10 uses the word ‘propitiation’, a big scary theological term which has dropped out of common use in English as some Bible translators decided that we are too stupid or lazy to work out what it means. The word ‘propitious’ means to have a favourable disposition towards someone. In […]

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Faith Reading

Gold from Bunyan

Reading some authors makes me feel like Hartley & Reilly panning for gold in the Clutha river – it’s just sitting there waiting to be picked up! I have a little book by John Bunyan by the simple title of Prayer, on the first page of the body of the book he writes: Prayer is […]

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By the sweat of your brow

In Genesis 3:17-19 God consigns Adam to a lifelong battle with weeds. Churches are not exempt from this relentless toil. On this past Saturday afternoon half our church turned up for a ‘summer clean’ of the buildings and grounds. We certainly toiled, the women ‘glowed’ and the guys dripped with the sweat of their brows. […]