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The 4E’s, three terms into 2018!

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Engage, evangelise, establish and equip… As one not well practised in sitting and waiting patiently for the Lord, and with no solid employment plans as 2018 began, I enrolled in a unit of theological study! Pastoral Evangelism seemed an appropriate choice. It was well aligned with the ‘E’s that we at St Michael’s had committed…

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Annual Thanksgiving Day – A View from our Pews

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How often do we stop and thank God for his good gifts to us? We asked our church family members to share something they’re thankful to God for in the lead-up to our annual Thanksgiving Day (this Sunday 16 September). At St Michael’s we are thankful to God… for the faithful Bible-based teaching, and for…

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View from Another Pew: God at Work in NWA

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We have had friendly links with the evangelical Anglican Diocese of North West Australia, the largest land-based diocese in the world. Here’s an encouraging story from their recent North West Network newsletter of June 2018 – reprinted with permission. Meet Ross – a visitor to the North West. In August 2017 he left Perth needing…

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Sermon Listening and Learning

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Earlier this year I bought a copy of the Sermon Notebook (published by Matthias Media). And after my first week using it, the Sermon Notebook was my new favourite thing. So here’s what I love about it. First of all, there are the practical considerations. I take notes during sermons. They help me to concentrate…

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The (Distant) View from the Pew

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“Hola” from Viña del Mar, Chile! We have been here for 5 months now and we have been wonderfully welcomed by both Christian family and non-Christian friends alike. With the internet, the other side of the world is not as far as it used to be, but there are still things that remind us we are…

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View from a Pew to the North

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Greetings from afar! It’s now been 6 months (crazy!) since I’ve left St Michael’s to go work as the Youth and Families Minister at Christ Church St Ives in Northern Sydney. I’m missing all the people at St Mick’s a lot, but it was great to visit last week while I had a week off!…

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What do you collect?

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I am a serial camp collector. I have my name tags from all the MMM camps I went on, I have my name tags from all the LiT camps I went on, I even have every single wristband from all 5 of the KYCK camps that I attended during my time at St Michael’s youth….

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Communicating Jesus

Ministers' letters, View from the pew

Do you prefer phone calls or texts? TV or radio? Email or social media? Snail mail or Facebook Messenger? Whether you’re a millennial or baby-boomer, we like to hear information delivered differently because we are fearfully and wonderfully made. In 1 Corinthians 12, Paul describes the church as one body with many parts, each with…

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Science and Christianity

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How can you as a scientist believe that crazy Christianity stuff? I was asked this question twice last year; once by a visiting mathematics professor attending our EFL classes and the other by a former high school classmate at our 50th year reunion. My answer was the same one I have given on previous occasions…

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Generosity

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Every week, in the church where I grew up, we used to pass around a big, red velvet bag during the ‘offertory’. It was a dedicated time in the service, when the organ played until the bag had been passed around to everyone. We then prayed a thanksgiving prayer, and presented our gifts and offerings…

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