Dec 172017

I had a couple of weeks holiday last month and drove up the coast with a good friend. Though I’ve been in WA for almost 7 years, I’d never been north of Kalbarri before. And even my few trips north of Perth had been very brief and often for my previous work. The Pinnacles, Kalbarri, Monkey Mia, Ningaloo. . . what an amazing State we live in and those are just a few of the fantastic things we get to [continue reading…]

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…]

Dec 032017

A couple of weeks ago there was a terrible accident where a distracted driver ploughed her car into a school building. Two 8-year-old boys were killed and others injured. As one little boy lay dying he said, “I want my Mum.” When the crunch comes, we just want Mum – one who genuinely and deeply cares. For an 8-year-old, that’s often Mum. This sad story didn’t cause me to reflect on motherhood, as much as it triggered a pondering on [continue reading…]

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

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 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…]

Oct 292017

I wonder what you think it means to be a good guest? What kind of guests do you like having in your home? I’ve just got home from hearing a few great talks at an evening run by the Centre for Public Christianity. One of those talks was on what it means to be good guests in this world that we live in. One of the key principles in the talk was that to be good guests we need to [continue reading…]

Oct 222017

I’m sitting in a big auditorium at an event called The Global Leadership Summit. Barb has organised it for us as a professional development experience AND it is all about leadership and it is excellent. It has prompted me to be intentionally communicative since, as Cheryl reminds me, what we don’t know we tend to make up.  That was certainly how Jesus’ disciples behaved again and again [I say with a smile]. There is a lot going on behind the [continue reading…]

Oct 152017

Musings are whatever is on the mind of one of the staff team here at St Philips.  We write one every week. As I write this,  I am sitting outside in the sun in amongst the playgroup mums and kids. I am also thinking about all the visitors to our church today! I wonder how many of you have been to a church recently?  I wonder what you find yourself thinking as you come here this morning supporting Charlie, Venetia [continue reading…]