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Minister’s Letter – No Second Look

Ministers' letters, Resources

Friends in Christ, according to research from Relationships Australia, one in five Australian couples battle with intimacy problems triggered by internet porn. With that in mind I cannot tell you how grateful I am to my youth leader, Peter Miller, over 30 years ago, for giving us one simple piece of advice: Do not take…

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Minister’s Letter – Introducing DivorceCare

Community, Events, Ministers' letters, Ministries, Resources

St Michael’s is starting a DivorceCare group this Thursday night. Brad and Gabrielle Milburn (from 10am) will be running it. I want to tell you about it so that you can pray for them as leaders and those who will be attending. DivorceCare is a network of divorce recovery support groups meeting worldwide. The 13…

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Minister’s Letter – Resources for All Nations

Ministers' letters, Resources

Friends, one of the joys of living in the Illawarra is how the University of Wollongong attracts so many international students from such varied parts of the world. Others have come here as refugees and migrants. I have delighted in meeting people from Iran and Sudan and China and Indonesia and Russia and Zimbabwe and…

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Some food for thought on prayer

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After preaching on our relative prayerlessness, I promised our congregations a week’s worth of helpful extracts for us to reflect on. Hopefully there would be some biblical insights or practical tips that each person could pick up to pick up their prayer. Most of the extracts came from Graeme Goldsworthy. Here’s the collected links: Jesus…

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Top Seven Reasons to Support Pokie Reform

Resources, Social comment

Here is the Letter to the Editor I just submitted to the Illawarra Mercury (with references inserted)… +++ Editor, My top seven observations on the pokies debate. 7. Political advocacy against (or for) pokies reform has no place on the broadcast of the footy finals, any more than live promotion of gambling odds, especially when…

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Fact Sheet regarding Problem Gambling and Poker Machine Reform

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Because of independent federal MP, Andrew Wilkie’s agreement on ‘compulsory pre-commitment’ with the Gillard ALP Government, we have a unique opportunity in Australia to see reforms surrounding poker machines aimed at reducing the impact of problem gambling in Australia. This window of opportunity (with ‘No Pokies’ Senator, Nick Xenophon, also sharing the balance of power…

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Still believing the resurrection!

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Friends, our friends over at the Centre for Public Christianity express some surprise that 45% of people outside the ‘born again’ family of Christians still believe Jesus rose from the dead. Speaking on the ABC, Ian Pearson, a minister at Sydney’s Pitt St Uniting Church, says, Many Australians […] would see Jesus as metaphorically real,…

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Introduction to the Bible course

Events, Resources

I will be running a group to study the “Introduction to the Bible” course on Wednesday evenings in Term 1, 2009. This is a course that is really helpful for anyone who’d like to gain a better understanding of the “big picture” of the Bible’s message. Stephen and Martina Jones from Night Church highly recommend…

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Your personal Connect09 – a smorgasbord of strategies

Resources

“Connect 09 is a  co-ordinated campaign by all Sydney Anglicans to pray for and personally contact every resident in our Diocese with the word of God, in such a way that these people may connect with us and with the Lord Jesus.”  – Archbishop Peter Jensen   Here at St Michael’s we are inviting every…

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The election of Barack Obama as President of the USA

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Here are some of the best of evangelical thoughts about the election of Barack Obama to be the next President of the USA: Eric Redmond (an African American Southern Baptist) Al Mohler (And read what Al Mohler wrote about praying for elections the previous day – relevant for any election whether state or federal or…

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