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Prayerful dependence

Ministers' letters

Ephesians 6:18 says, “And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.” In my Minister’s Letters throughout 2017, I am spending some time unpacking each of the “Values” in St Michael’s “Vision 2020” statement….

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Conferences, KYCK and conversions…

Ministers' letters

The Christian calendar is full of varied yet wonderful conferences; perhaps too many to choose from. Sometimes we must be careful not to go to so many that we aren’t present locally for our own Church, mission and personal evangelism. St Michael’s youth are strong attenders of a few conferences, camps and events. And KYCK…

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Minister’s Letter – The Public Reading

Bible Readings, Ministers' letters, News & Prayer

Facebook currently says it’s one year since my Long Service Leave in America. There I was privileged to attend 7 services and 3 Bible study groups at 5 churches. All were friendly and Bible-based, with the gospel of Jesus central. But, at least to my way of thinking, something was missing: Bible-reading in church! In my Minister’s…

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Humility: what we all don’t know we need!

Ministers' letters

Smart. Charismatic. Strong. Confident. Popular. Powerful. These are just some of the many characteristics that this world looks up to. This world holds up achievements and character traits on a pedestal that is above no other. And, if you’re anything like me, you’ll be sucked in to thinking just like this. But this is not…

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Search the Scriptures

Ministers' letters

Friends, recently a very good friend of mine, working in a Christian organisation, reported this story from a colleague: She said, “I’m a signs person. My sign is butterflies. When I need to make a decision, I pray that God will show me a butterfly. And yesterday a butterfly came in through the door with…

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Dealing with Pornography

Ministers' letters

There are many reasons why pornography is harmful. It distorts our view of sex, it damages our relationships, it costs us time, it undermines God’s mission and our witness to Christ, it offers satisfaction but instead delivers enslavement. There are many more reasons why pornography is harmful but I want to highlight another reason from…

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Of First Importance

Ministers' letters

Friends, In my Minister’s Letters throughout 2017, I will spend some time unpacking each of the “Values” in St Michael’s “Vision 2020” statement of mission, vision, values and goals. And the very first of the 10 listed is that we value: The centrality of the cross of Christ and his resurrection in our lives and…

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An Easy English Congregation

Ministers' letters, Ministries, People

  Friends, Last Sunday was Vision Sunday at St Michael’s. We heard our vision and some of the exciting plans for 2017. This includes an Easy English Congregation, onsite, on late Sunday mornings. An Easy English Congregation is an exciting and significant next step for the ministry of the word and prayer at St Michael’s, continuing…

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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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