Musings

Aug 062017
 

Thank you for the feedback following the talk Cheryl and I gave in church last Sunday.  If you were not there and are interested, jump on St Philips Cottesloe website, press on the Podcast button and you can hear it. We addressed 1 Peter 3, where Peter says, “Wives submit to your husbands.”  Of course Peter said much more than that and that text of all texts deserves a context, both culturally and for its place within the letter as [continue reading…]

Jul 302017
 

We’ve had a couple of great weeks of prayer ministry training.  Thanks to Trevor and Liz Parry who have run these times and led the Prayer Ministry team so faithfully.  It’s also been great to see the sense of engagement and momentum at both of these gatherings.  God’s doing something in our midst . . . and it is good! At the first one, we explored what Prayer Ministry looks like at St Philip’s, some of the principles involved and [continue reading…]

Jul 232017
 

I love our mission statement – “Seeking God and Stepping Out Together.” I believe St Philips is a place that sincerely seeks God.  We seek him through reading and studying the Bible together, praying together, services and participating in communion together, witnessing and participating in baptisms together, playing music and singing together, doing mission together. . . Do we step out together?  Yes, we do.  We have CRE teachers, chaplains, prison ministry, missionaries, food ministries, an art ministry and EcoChurch.  [continue reading…]

Jul 162017
 

I woke up this morning absolutely exhausted after the sleep of a dead man.  Why was I feeling so tired? The day before I had taken a funeral.  One thing people do not realise when they watch the ‘pros’ do things like funerals is just how challenging we find them.  For me, it is not the grief necessarily, it is the difficult place I find myself in with nominal or secular families, longing that they might know the truth and [continue reading…]

Jul 092017
 

In the Bible all manner of sacrifices and offerings are recorded. In Scripture, the nature of a sacrifice or offering is normally a religious act belonging to worship in which a material offering is made to God.  Sometimes the item may be destroyed or consumed by the worshippers or given for redistribution for others.  Sacrifices and offerings can come with all manner of motives.  In the Old Testament many of them were to appease or atone for the sin and [continue reading…]

Jul 022017
 

We are away on holidays for the next few weeks.  In the past our holiday schedule has looked more like work than rest!  When we go back to Victoria to visit family we have to be careful not to just make it a complete social overload.  This month’s bookstore is concentrating on the theme of rest.  I recommend you take the time to check out some of the books Barb and I have chosen.  As it is now the school [continue reading…]

Jun 252017
 

It’s so good to be part of a community that actively values people of all ages.  It’s precious and rare in our society today – even in the church.  It takes effort and intentionality and it goes against the grain of the norms of our society.  Thanks for the part that you play in making St Philips this kind of church community. More than just valuing people of all ages, we want to see people of all ages coming to [continue reading…]

Jun 182017
 

The kingdom coming near, heaven touching earth, a falling of the Holy Spirit, the presence of Jesus, an over-realised eschatology – whatever you want to call it, we are experiencing it! Here are some examples: Alpha – Five people have made commitments to follow Jesus. Healings: One of the members admitted that during the healing night at Alpha she was afraid to ask for healing prayer for her knee.  She confessed this week that she felt that a heaviness was [continue reading…]

Jun 112017
 

Last week’s pewsheet article ‘Pray for the Persecuted Church ‘ was timely!  Many will remember the support this parish offered to those Sudanese who found themselves stuck in camps in Kenya following the long civil war in their country. Through the WAKIMBIZI GROUP St Philips provided clothes, bibles, English classes and spiritual support over the desperate years 2008-2012.  We also sponsored the training of several community leaders and pastors with the intention of helping to rebuild South Sudan when it [continue reading…]

Jun 042017
 

I have just finished a fascinating chat with Malcolm around ministering and working from our wounds, compared to working out of a healthy identity in God.  I am far from an expert in this field but I thought I would share some of my thoughts.  I know of many theologians, psychologists and philosophers who are far more insightful on this subject but here we go. As I reflect back on why I stepped into ministry, I can clearly see it was [continue reading…]