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Inviting Christmas

Ministers' letters

It’s Advent season, according to the traditional church calendar. Advent means “arrival” or “coming”. The Advent season is where we celebrate Christ’s first coming – his coming into human flesh – at Christmas, and prepare for his second coming – to judge the world and take his people home – at the end of the…

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Study Leave Reflections

Ministers' letters

I recently had the privilege of taking study leave. During that time I attended two conferences. The first was for the Evangelical Theological Society and the other was for the Society of Biblical Literature. Both societies, which are made of biblical and theological scholars as well as students and pastors, seek to foster scholarship of…

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Global Mindedness

Ministers' letters

In my Minister’s Letters this year, I’m unpacking the “Values” in St Michael’s “Vision 2020” statement. Here’s the eighth on the list of things we value: Globally-minded Christians, connecting with all classes, ages and cultures. Leviticus 19:15 says, “do not show partiality to the poor or favouritism to the great”. The Proverbs (23:22) remind us,…

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Encouragement

Ministers' letters

How have you been encouraged in your faith, your walk with Jesus, in recent times? It is important to be encouraged to keep going in the Christian life, which can often be quite hard and a struggle. Whilst on long service leave earlier in the year, I spent some time reflecting on the idea of…

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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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Minister’s Letter

Ministers' letters

Friends in Christ, When the Bishop ordains a presbyter in the Anglican Church he reads an exhortation to the newly ordained. He says: “You will continually pray to God the Father, by the mediation of our Saviour Jesus Christ, for the assistance of the Holy Spirit; so that by daily reading and meditating on the…

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The Most Loving Thing

Ministers' letters

In my personal Bible reading I have just reached chapter 14 of 1 Corinthians. It compares two spiritual things that can be done in church – speaking in tongues and speaking prophecy. I am helping run the 11am church here at St Michael’s, but what do I do with this passage? (…Especially when I am not…

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Confession and Creed

Ministers' letters

Something I’ve noticed when I’ve visited other churches on my holidays is how little I open my mouth. Some of you might think that’s a good thing! But let me explain. Some of you might think that’s a good thing! But let me explain. Generally we try to visit a Bible-based, gospel-centred church when we…

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Marriage Once More

Ministers' letters

Finally it seems to have come to a head. There’ll be a postal plebiscite on marriage redefinition. Lyle Shelton, Managing Director of the Australian Christian Lobby, tweeted: “Well, it’s game on to save marriage, freedom & gender. This is the fight of our lives.” Regulars here know I am committed in this debate. I have…

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‘Boundless love to share…’

Ministers' letters, Missions

Friends, Thank you again for your prayers and sacrificial service so that 11am Easy English Church can share our lives and the gospel (1 Thes 2:8) amongst the nations every Sunday. But even more give thanks to God (2 Thes 1:3). God has been at work among the nations in Wollongong and at St Michael’s…

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