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Reflection – My daring hope

My daring hope is that the Church is not dying but being transformed in the great unravelling. Institutional unravelling and decline may be the work of God leading to transformation and renewal. Renewal of our institutions included. Could God be freeing the church to participate more joyfully in the work of Christ in the world? Could weakness and uncertainty be ...

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Reflection – Forgiveness: 70×7

A little while ago, I was travelling and using the car’s GPS to help guide my path. I had a rough idea where I was going, but the GPS knows everything, right? So, I had the destination plugged in, and that lovely, calm voice was chattering away in the background, offering instructions to take the next exit, turn right, turn ...

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Reflection – The Cross of Christ: Hope for the hopeless.

The world today seems to go from chaos to tragedy in a matter of minutes. We have lurched through a worldwide pandemic only to be confronted by war in eastern Europe. This constant lack of certainty has caused many people much anxiety and whole nations to behave in bizarre ways. The future can look very hopeless.  It is at this ...

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Reflection: Whoever is forgiven little, loves little

Several years ago, I complained to a mentor that my relationship with God felt flat, distant and like I was going through the motions. On top of that, I found dealing with people increasingly frustrating and my patience waning. I was still doing the ‘stuff’, like attending church, reading my Bible, praying and serving, but somehow the joy, love and ...

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Reflection- Human Freedom 

Our thinking about human freedom is critical to our engagement with a range of ethical issues including end of life issues. From a theological perspective, the argument is often put that God created human beings to make their own decisions, to have capacity for self-determination and to accept responsibility for themselves, including decisions regarding life and death.  How might we ...

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Reflection- Until we are all free, we are none of us free

‘Until we are all free, we are none of us free.’- Emma Lazarus The poetry of Emma Lazarus was immortalised on a bronze plaque on the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty in 1903. In her sonnet, The New Colossus, Lazarus inspired a generation with her well-known call: ‘Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe ...

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Reflection – Called to be free

Hear the good news! We have been set free by Jesus Christ and there is a purpose to our holy freedom! What have we been set free from? From the burdens of sin and guilt, and from the burdensome expectations that society places on us, and we place upon ourselves. This is freedom from the smothering blanket of conformity, demands, ...

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Reflection- We turn our eyes to you

There’s a strange story in the life of Moses, where the people of Israel find themselves in a difficult situation.  They are wandering in the desert on their way to a future home and yet they are tired, lost, impatient and hungry. “They spoke against God and against Moses, and said, ‘Why have you brought us up out of Egypt ...

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Youth perspectives on the church from those that don’t attend

An informal discussion around the BBQ between Rev Craig Mischewski and six young people (with little connection to the church) provided a wealth of insight into the church, its messaging and how it might engage younger people who are warm to the concepts and actions of the Christian faith. Rev Craig Mischewski writes. It was Sunday after church, and I ...

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