Nov 252018
 

Dear St Philips, Not really a musing, sorry, more of a short report. Here are a few highlights from the life of The Common over the last month. Alpha:  We have two men doing the Alpha course at the Duffs. Missional Community (MC): On mission this month, the Duff MC met at the Willagee Community Centre. We set up 4 teams: some prayed around the area, others purchased Milo and milk, which were made up into packages, other people walked [continue reading…]

Jul 292018
 

http://media.blubrry.com/stpips/p/stphilips.net.au/main/media/SR-20180729-James-Duff.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 37:42 — 12.9MB) Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | Why not subscribe? Reading 1         2 Corinthians 9:6-15 Reading 2         2 Timothy 2:1-13

Apr 152018
 

“The whole point of seeing through something is to see something through it”, C.S.Lewis, The Abolition of Man. In starting a new church, I need to understand the prevailing culture The Common finds itself in, to see through it and identify its idols. Then we can see how the gospel destroys the idols and saves people from them. The context for the Gospel here is not The Common’s congregation but the culture of Palmyra. The task of identifying idols in [continue reading…]

Mar 112018
 

http://media.blubrry.com/stpips/p/stphilips.net.au/main/media/SR-20180311-James-Duff.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 26:23 — 9.1MB) Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | Why not subscribe? Reading 1         Colossians 4:2-6  Reading 2         Matthew 12:38-42  

Feb 182018
 

http://media.blubrry.com/stpips/p/stphilips.net.au/main/media/SR-20180218-James-Duff.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 29:29 — 10.1MB) Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | Why not subscribe? Matthew 10:37-42  Matthew 11:20-24   

Feb 042018
 

One month down being full time at The Common! Here are some highlights, prayer points and upcoming events: Governance board in place and have met twice. We are now an incorporated body. We are a week into a fundraising drive called ‘30 Common Days’ (check out our Facebook page). We are gathering weekly at Bicton Baths with 30-40 people. We are in discussions with Palmyra Primary School regarding being tenants in their old off-site kindergarten. (Please pray we get this.) [continue reading…]

Dec 252017
 

http://media.blubrry.com/stpips/p/stphilips.net.au/main/media/SR-20171225-James-Duff.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 14:49 — 5.1MB) Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | Why not subscribe? 1st Reading       Isaiah 62:6-12 (p.604) 2nd Reading     Luke 2:8-20 (p.832)  

Dec 102017
 

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times,” wrote Charles Dickens as he begun to pen his famous novel The Tale of Two Cities. You may be able to describe your 2017 in a similar way. My 2017 has had both “best” and “worst” times. Planning and beginning to be part of a team who are planting a church has counted in the “best”. Hurting my back and still slowly recovering has to be counted as [continue reading…]