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Cross-less Christians

It would be an unusual person who has never asked in some way or other the question ‘Why am I here?’ The answer to that question is in fact central to the shaping of the Christian life and Jesus answered it for us in two places in particular. Firstly, he said that his followers are…

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When It Hurts – There Is God

One of the great promises of the Bible is that God promises a life to come, a life of perfection, joy, peace, no pain, no death, no suffering or bereavement. This promise is one that Christians particularly at certain times need to hang on to, because our current life of course is not always like…

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Green Shoots and the Melancholy Sadness

During my recent travels through the United Kingdom I took the opportunity to visit, in some cases revisit, a number of famous cathedrals, abbeys etc. as well as more humble local churches. As I did so I felt an overwhelming sense of melancholic sadness, for here was I in the ‘Valley of Dry Bones’. For…

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Over The Escarpment

Wollongong is a great place to live! I think this because it has two of my personal preferences for an area to live in – namely the sea and the hills. We are indeed blessed with being located where we are, however, I think that there can be a disadvantage in being situated below the…

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Back To The Celts For Our Future

In 563 AD an Irish prince set out with a bunch of friends in small coracles to cross the Irish Sea to the wild west coast and islands of what now is Scotland. The purpose of the dangerous journey was mission, to take the gospel to the fierce pagan tribes of Scotland. He and his…

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Which Type Of Leper?

I have only met a handful of lepers, or at least people who had in the past suffered from leprosy. This was in the Top End of Australia where leprosy, a terrible, maiming disease, used to be quite prevalent, indeed Darwin had a leprosarium not far from the city. Leprosy was a very common disease…

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The Last Mountain

One of the worst and most depressing experiences I have had happened a few years ago when I sat at the hospital bedside of a dying man. What made it one of my worst experiences was not that he was dying but that he was dying without God. Here was a man teetering on the…

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What Language Do You Think In?

For most people learning a new language is hard work involving a grinding progression through a series of stages of proficiency, a few simple words through to the point of being able to converse readily. There is however beyond that another vital stage to language proficiency. This process of ‘learning a new language’ was one…

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Cult Spotting

“Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves.” Matthew 7:15 It was recently announced that the controversial show ‘Book of Mormon-The Musical’ is coming ‘Down Under’. What is described as an “irreverent take on the ‘Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints” debuted on…

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God’s Toolshed

I have been told that a very large hardware store is planning to open just over the road from our church centre. This will be I am sure a great delight to all congregational members who are DIY ‘Tragics’, you know the people who just love browsing the ‘goodies’ in such a store. I am…