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Has Church Become More Ceremonial Than Functional?

By Rev. Orrell Battersby, Gympie Regional Uniting Church.  “These words I speak to you are not incidental additions to your life, homeowner improvements to your standard of living. They are foundational words, words to build a life on. If you work these words into your life, you are like a smart carpenter who built his house on solid rock. Rain ...

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Foundations and Solid Ground

Pictured - Kellie and her daughter enjoying the beach

By Kellie Broderick, Executive Officer Corporate, Uniting Church in Australia, Queensland Synod. When I think about firm foundations and solid ground, I wonder what is that is central to me, to my faith, and to my calling and the work I do. I’m a poor sleeper. I very rarely have a solid, uninterrupted night of quality sleep.  I don’t complain ...

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The Vibe

By Scott Guyatt, Connect 100 Coordinator, Community Partnerships at UnitingCare Queensland and Director, Mission Strategy, Uniting Church in Australia, Queensland Synod. The wonderful 1997 Australian film “The Castle” introduced a new phrase into the lexicon of Australian culture: “the vibe”.  The story (spoiler alert!) centres on a family about to be forcibly removed from their home to make way for ...

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A Rock to Cling To: A Meditation on Psalm 129

By Neil Pembroke, Trinity College Queensland.  Vinita Nangia writes inspirational pieces for the Times of India. Here’s a recent offering: Helplessness is one of the worst feelings. But much worse than helplessness is hopelessness. So long as you know you have control over a situation, you call upon your inner resources to fight back, plan, strategise and hope for some ...

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The Victory in Surrender

1 Peter 3 says: “But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. Do not fear their threats; do not be frightened. But in your hearts, revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with ...

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Reflection – Refreshment of the Spirit

Over the last few months, I have been on the road. To the Kimberly, on the Ghan, then out Western Queensland including Thargomindah and Yowah, and then just this week up and around the Western Cape up to Thursday Island and then back to Cloncurry. How amazing is God who showed me in every place where the gracious and spacious ...

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Reflection – Time to Rest

What do you think about rest? Is it something you long for at the end of a long day or week? Or is it something you routinely schedule into your day or week to prepare yourself for what’s ahead? On a recent discipleship day, I was reminded that way too often; I don’t take the time to rest and refresh ...

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Salt of the Earth

Have you ever thought about how much a pinch of salt is worth? Not much in this day and age; we might nearly say it’s worthless. But salt is an age-old commodity. It has been used to preserve food for starving troops and the bodies of Pharaohs. It has been used to flavour meals in the highest courts and on ...

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