Apr 142019
 

Easter is upon us.  Once again the holiest season for Christians will vie for some space in that desire to grab the last warm holiday before winter. Seasons are a gift from God.  They are necessary.  They provide great metaphor for the ebbs and flows of life. Easter, in the Emotionally Healthy Spirituality sense, is part of God’s rhythm in our year. Today is Palm Sunday.  Palm Sunday emerges out of the weeks of Lent.  Lent is the season of repentance, [continue reading…]

Apr 072019
 

http://media.blubrry.com/stpips/p/stphilips.net.au/main/media/SR-20190407-Malcolm-Potts.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 16:10 — 6.8MB) Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | Why not subscribe? Reading 1         2 Corinthians 1:3-7 Reading 2         John 11:29-37  

Mar 242019
 

Everything feels tricky at the moment.  Family is tricky, our leadership priorities at St Philips are tricky, the YouthCARE Chaplains’ Board is tricky, people in business say life is tricky, politics is really tricky.  Have you ever noticed how life can seem so tricky that you just want to get off?  I can be tempted to see it all as so complicated that I just think up ways to absolve myself and disappear out the back way. Just so NOT [continue reading…]

Mar 102019
 

Whew, what a week! I need a day off! When I feel like this I have frequently found that that day off has been very disappointing, just another chunk of wasted time rather than anything life-giving and restorative.  So what is Sabbath?  And what is the difference between Sabbath and just a day off? I’m bruised by Sabbath.  It happened to me in childhood.  When I was just a little chap there was a time when my parents decided we [continue reading…]

Mar 032019
 

http://media.blubrry.com/stpips/p/stphilips.net.au/main/media/SR-20190303-Malcolm-Potts.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 35:26 — 12.2MB) Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | Why not subscribe? Reading 1        Job 1:13-22 Reading 2        John 11:32-37  

Feb 242019
 

http://media.blubrry.com/stpips/p/stphilips.net.au/main/media/SR-20190224-Malcolm-Potts.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 30:09 — 10.4MB) Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | Why not subscribe? Reading 1        Genesis 22:1-14 Reading 2        John 11:17-27  

Feb 102019
 

You may have heard we are introducing a Code of Conduct for our youth and children’s ministry. Young people need, and like, clarity around things.  Sure, they push against clear boundaries but that is why they need them.  The older we get the less we like clear boundaries.  We know there is so much grey in life and in ‘the real world’ and we are suspicious of certainty.  We, sometimes rather smugly, ‘look to God’, rather than his desire that [continue reading…]

Feb 032019
 

http://media.blubrry.com/stpips/p/stphilips.net.au/main/media/SR-20190203-Malcolm-Potts.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 33:13 — 11.4MB) Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | Why not subscribe? Reading 1        1 Samuel 15:20-24 Reading 2        Jeremiah 17:9-10