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Loving Community

Community, Ministers' letters

In my Minister’s Letters this year, I’m unpacking the “Values” in St Michael’s “Vision 2020” statement. Here’s the seventh on the list of things we value: Loving church communities of contentment and sacrifice, which care for the vulnerable. Alongside the 4th – “prayerful dependence on the Holy Spirit” – this one on community is the…

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Public Lecture: Marriage Redefinition

Community, Events, Public Lecture, Social comment

The lecture’s title picks up a much-discussed tweet. Is it true that #loveislove? Why defend the traditional definition of marriage? All are welcome to attend this public lecture in the Cathedral at St Michael’s on Wednesday 13 September at 7:30pm. It will be followed by Q&A. The aim of this lecture is not to direct…

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Why call it good?

Community, News & Prayer, People, Uncategorized, View from the pew

As we approach this Easter, which will be my 89th, I share some thoughts with you… When I was a lot younger, even though I realised the significance of Good Friday, I couldn’t understand why it was called ‘Good’. But this short poem put it very clearly: Good Friday, why call it good, When on…

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New Church Sign: Pride to the Side

Community, News & Prayer, Social comment

New Church Sign: Put ya pride to the side If you wanna abide In the arms open wide: Christ crucified – Augustine of Hiphop +++ “Augustine of HipHop” is a Twitter feed (handle @hiphopaugustine)! The author expresses Christian ideas in hip-hop style, based on the theology of Augustine of Hippo (354-430 A.D.) Augustine was Bishop…

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Exclusive faith: further resources

Community, Events, News & Prayer, Resources, Uncategorized

Following the fifth topic on Exclusive Faith (buy or rent online here) in our Towards Belief video discussion series, here are some resources on question of other religions and whether Christians are bigoted when they say Jesus is the only way? Browse the descriptions and pick and choose what sounds most relevant… ARTICLES Christianity is the world’s most falsifiable religion –…

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The Bible: further resources on reliability and relevance

Community, Events, News & Prayer, Resources

Following the second topic on the Bible (buy or rent online here) in our Towards Belief video discussion series, here are some resources on suffering for further reaction and study. Browse the descriptions and pick and choose what sounds most relevant… ARTICLES On the 400th anniversary of the King James Version of the Bible in English, our…

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Suffering: resources for further reflection and study

Community, Events, News & Prayer, Resources

(Image above: Richard Swinburne, Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at the University of Oxford, interviewed by series host, Karl Faase.) Following the first topic on Suffering (buy online here) in our Towards Belief video discussion series, here are some resources on suffering for further reaction and study. Browse the descriptions and pick and choose what sounds most…

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Towards Belief

Announcements, Community, Events, News & Prayer, Social comment

“Towards Belief” is a series of 30 minute videos on common ‘belief blockers’ that both those inside and outside the faith can struggle with.   Is it reasonable to be a person of faith? How can we deal with issues of suffering, science, violence, abuse and the supernatural in our consideration of God? Towards Belief  set out to provide…

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Minister’s Letter – Rise of the Local

Announcements, Community, Ministers' letters

Leading Australia social researcher, Mark McCrindle* has identified his top 5 trends for 2017. No. 1 was the rise of the local, as our cities grow. For example, he says that increasingly, “residents live, work and interact in a part of their city rather than the traditional commuter approach […] The year ahead will see…

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The Priority of Relationships

Community, Ministers' letters, Prayer

Friends, as part of his MTS ministry traineeship, Steve and I have been discussing Broughton Knox’s The Everlasting God. I was the very first generation of students to begin at Moore College who did not receive a single lecture from Dr Knox, its Principal prior to Peter Jensen. Dr Knox’s theology has been pivotal in…

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