Nov 262017
 

I said last week, “There is no doubt, [we are seeing] a significant societal shift.”  One person said, “Well, that would be an understatement.” Understatement or hysteria?  We try and get the balance right.  Then this week, despite grave concerns of the health industry, Victoria has passed assisted suicide legislation [though they don’t call it that]. I suggested we have some work to do in considering the place and role of the local church in these days. The writer of [continue reading…]

Nov 192017
 

http://media.blubrry.com/stpips/p/stphilips.net.au/main/media/SR-20171119-Malcolm-Potts.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 29:54 — 10.3MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | Why not subscribe?1st Reading       Romans 1:28 to 2:11 (p.914) 2nd Reading     Romans 8:31-39 (p.919)  

Nov 192017
 

Well, we now know the result of our national marriage survey!  I’m so pleased it has been decisive and not 51%. Now the legislative games will begin. Thanks for those who have shared their thoughts, convictions and learning in these interesting times.  There is no doubt, this is a significant societal shift. The challenge into the future will be to find room for respectful discussion or debate on all manner of social issues that have caught the imagination of public [continue reading…]

Nov 122017
 

Well it’s over!  Australia’s very expensive and, many would say, pointless but profoundly divisive survey on who can marry whom is over.  Do not send your survey now, they will not count it. The result of the survey will be announced at 7am Perth time on 15th November. It will be apparent that I have chosen to not make this issue the do-or-die conversation in the church.  If people have asked me I was happy to discuss it.  It is [continue reading…]

Nov 122017
 

http://media.blubrry.com/stpips/p/stphilips.net.au/main/media/SR-20171112-Malcolm-Potts.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 29:04 — 10.0MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | Why not subscribe?1st Reading       Romans 8:18-27(p.919) 2nd Reading     Philippians 3:17-21(p.955)  

Nov 052017
 

I am thinking hard about giving up on listening to the news.  It does my head in.  It’s more often than not conflictual, adversarial and often just opinions, barely even news. I cannot believe how fast this culture of so-called ‘fake news’, ‘gotcha’ journalism and outrageous accusations and statements just get plonked out there and, because there is no time for analysis or reflection, the next load of outrageousness follows up and is dumped on us. I feel like I [continue reading…]

Nov 052017
 

http://media.blubrry.com/stpips/p/stphilips.net.au/main/media/SR-20171105-Malcolm-Potts.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 25:35 — 8.8MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | Why not subscribe?1st Reading       Psalm 97 (p.480) 2nd Reading     1Corinthians 3:10-17(p.927)  

Oct 292017
 

http://media.blubrry.com/stpips/p/stphilips.net.au/main/media/SR-20171029-Malcolm-Potts.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 31:30 — 10.8MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | Why not subscribe?1st Reading       Ephesians 1:18-21 (p.949) 2nd Reading     1Thessalonians 4:13 to 5:11 (p.960)