Musings

Jul 082018
 

A few weeks ago in the 9.30 service each of the testimonies had the theme of passing the baton. If I remember correctly, the people who prayed together before the service also had a similar word for us. As well, Kieran and I have been thinking about this concept strongly as we’ve planned and prayed about introducing the New City Catechism. It’s at the heart of why we are doing it. It’s so important for us to pass on the [continue reading…]

Jul 012018
 

This week we are starting a series on the Creed. We also start learning The City Catechism together. See the insert in this pewsheet for more information about this and the encouragement to engage with it yourself and with your family. It’s so vital that we are growing in our understanding of what we believe and that our lives are undergirded by a Christian worldview. There are so many worldviews trying to shape us often without us even realizing it. [continue reading…]

Jun 242018
 

Ruth and I recently hosted our very first Bible study for young adults. As we started I wanted to answer the question, “Why am I so passionate about youth and young adults ministry?” There are three main reasons: My own experiences as a 15-20 year old. I came to faith just after I turned 18. That period was probably the most vulnerable of my entire life. I was trying to figure out who I was and where I belonged. I [continue reading…]

Jun 172018
 

Since  civil war broke out in South Sudan in December 2013, about 300,000 of its people have died and about 3.5 million have become refugees. Over a quarter of a million are living in Bidi Bidi in north-west Uganda, the largest refugee settlement in the world. A large number of South Sudanese are in refugee camps in Kenya. They “just want to go home”. Aballa Ojulu’s youngest brother, Rev’d Samuel Otwel Ojulu, and his cousins, Rev’d Joshua Ojulu and Rev’d [continue reading…]

Jun 102018
 

As I write this, I’ve just got home from seeing a film put together by the Centre for Public Christianity, For the Love of God: How the Church is Better and Worse Than You Imagined. It is a great historical account of some of the ways in which Christians have been a huge blessing in society, as well as some of the atrocities that Christians have been involved in through the ages. The hope of the people involved in putting [continue reading…]

Jun 032018
 

I want to tell you about an exciting book I’m reading called This is Our Time: Everyday Myths in the Light of the Gospel by Trevin Wax. It’s not often that I find a real ‘page turner’, but this book definitely is. The book is basically trying to equip Christians with gospel lenses through which they can critically evaluate 21st century cultural issues. It has chapters that deal with technology, Hollywood, the pursuit of happiness, sex and marriage. The Framework [continue reading…]

May 272018
 

Throughout the past year, the St Philips community has been journeying alongside James Duff (and his family) as he has stepped more fully into The Common, a church plant in Palmyra. We’ve prayed and heard stories along the way and kept track of the development of The Common community. It’s exciting that James is now able to concentrate his time in the leadership of that community. As a church, we are supporting them financially, in prayer and in other ways. [continue reading…]

May 202018
 

Our family has been in Perth for just over a month this week and we are still finding our feet. We have had a wonderful time getting to know people, the playgrounds,  the seaside and Swan River. I want to share some things that I’ve been impressed with and for which I give thanks to God. Prayer Meetings You may remember that my very first word to you, from Colossians 4:2-4, was to ask you to pray, for an ‘open [continue reading…]

May 132018
 

There are days and weeks when everything you thought was going to happen goes out the window and your hours and days are consumed in a completely different way. This last week has been one such week for me – precious hours and days but nothing like what I thought I’d be doing or where I thought I’d be. At this time I’m sitting on a train in Sydney heading over to scan photos of my aunt at one of [continue reading…]

May 062018
 

It’s the end of the first week of Term 2 in the school year. I wonder what that means for you? Are you even aware of it? I find it fascinating how things like that have so much relevance when we are in particular life stages or in specific jobs or contexts, and then how out of touch you can get with those things at other times in life.  Some of the ministries that I’m currently involved in are strongly [continue reading…]