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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: Post-Election Prayer

Ministers' letters, News & Prayer, Social comment

Friends, I have adapted this Scripture and prayer from Scotty Smith’s daily prayer blog, in particular, “A Prayer for a Day Before an Election”. Wollongong also had its own by-election for the state parliament yesterday too. And regardless of your politics, there are good reminders about out ultimate centre and security here… Do not be…

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New Church Sign: Jesus died

Announcements, Community, News & Prayer

New Church Sign: Jesus died is history. Jesus died for you is Christianity. It might surprise you to know some people contest that first statement. They deny Jesus died on a cross, by execution at the hands of Pontius Pilate, a Roman governor in Judea, in the early 30s A.D. To do so, they avoid…

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Mission of the Month and Parish Council update

Church Governance, Missions, News & Prayer

Mission Update – WCCEB In August, Mission of the Month donations are directed towards the Wollongong Combined Churches Education Board (WCCEB). This interdenominational Board, with representatives from many local churches, has been operating for many years supporting the employment and placement of paid SRE (Special Religious Education, a.k.a. ‘Scripture’) teachers in local high schools. It…

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Mission and Parish Council Update

Church Governance, Ministers' letters, Missions, News & Prayer

Mission Update – Bible Society & Scripture Union In July, Mission of the Month is divided between the Bible Society & Scripture Union. Recently we have been featuring “reasons to read the Bible” on our changeable sign board facing down Church Street. Things like “World’s best seller”, “impact on music and art”, “records the life…

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Minister’s Letter – Sabbatical Rest

Announcements, Church Governance, Ministers' letters, News & Prayer

Friends, some of us are familiar with the concept of a sabbatical. The word comes from the Sabbath, derived from the Hebrew language, which literally means the Seventh. Many of you may know that in the Old Testament, God decreed the seventh day of the week should be a day of rest for everyone. Such…

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New Church Sign – Jesus Prophet Plus

News & Prayer, Social comment

Heres our new church sign: Jesus Prophet of God God of the Prophets     It sounds so tolerant to say all religions are the same. And people of all religion (and none) should treat each other with respect. But here’s a classic example where that sentimental assertion of no real differences breaks down. Islam…

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Minister’s Letter – God’s View

Ministers' letters, News & Prayer

Friends, what stops me making God and Jesus a bigger part of my life? Is it fear of what people would say? Is it that sensible living is commonsense, and the Gospel doesn’t come into it? Would it affect my employment and security and standard of living, or friendships and other relationships? The writer of Psalm…

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City Breakfast with Leigh Hatcher

Events, News & Prayer, Press releases

When: Tuesday, 1st March Time: buffet breakfast begins 7am, formalities conclude at 8.15am Venue: Wollongong Golf Club, (corner Corrimal and Bank Streets) Guest Speaker: journalist, Leigh Hatcher Leigh has seen a lot of life. He held the mike to Gough Whitlam when he announced his sacking by the Governor General. He was driven blindfolded to interview…

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