Musings

Mar 112018
 

I thought it was worth summarizing at some length an article I really enjoyed in this month’s Eternity Magazine. The author, Greg Clarke, CEO of the Bible Society, wrestles there with how truth works these days. He declares that, according to many people, “The best book to read is the Vible.” What is the Vible? Well, it’s something you feel in your guts.  It’s the vibe, and its sacred text is called the Vible. The Vible is the summary of [continue reading…]

Mar 042018
 

What do you ask of Jesus? How do you respond to his questions to you? At our morning prayer time, the staff and others are currently reading through the book of Mark and Thursday morning’s reading had Jesus asking two different lots of people the same question: “What do you want me to do for you?” The first people he put this question to were James and John who asked Jesus to grant them to sit at his left and [continue reading…]

Feb 252018
 

When we farewelled the Duffs, I gave the family presents.  I hope they were meaningful items that encourage wise living and godly behaviour. In light of the Deputy Prime Minister’s last fortnight, I think our 2017 studies of Proverbs and the emphasis on wise living are particularly appropriate.  As I thought about ‘a Barnaby’ of a fortnight, I found myself reflecting on my present to Will Duff, a magnetic compass.  Objective truth, morality and deciding right from wrong have become [continue reading…]

Feb 182018
 

It’s the first Sunday in Lent, a time that through the years Christians have used as a period of particular devotion as we prepare to remember and celebrate Jesus’ death and resurrection. I wonder what Lent has been for you in the past and what it will be for you this year? As I was preparing for our Ash Wednesday service this week, I saw a statement written by a friend about Lent: “Lent is a time-bound way of ‘stepping [continue reading…]

Feb 112018
 

In KidsChurch and Junior Youth today our young people are considering the importance of remembering and attending to what God says about us. How do you go at remembering – receiving and believing – what God says about you? Is it the basis of how you live? Most of us are pretty forgetful when it comes to remembering the truth of what God says about us. Some of us don’t really know what it is that God thinks about us; [continue reading…]

Feb 042018
 

One month down being full time at The Common! Here are some highlights, prayer points and upcoming events: Governance board in place and have met twice. We are now an incorporated body. We are a week into a fundraising drive called ‘30 Common Days’ (check out our Facebook page). We are gathering weekly at Bicton Baths with 30-40 people. We are in discussions with Palmyra Primary School regarding being tenants in their old off-site kindergarten. (Please pray we get this.) [continue reading…]

Jan 282018
 

I’m finding it hard to believe that it’s almost the end of January. I’ve had a good but full time over the last month. Many of you will have heard about our time at beach mission during last Sunday’s services. Since then, amongst other things, I’ve been working on planning for the year, particularly with regard to our kids and youth ministries, as well as working on a statewide Children’s Ministry Training Day. As I write, I’m on a plane [continue reading…]

Jan 212018
 

On Wednesday of this week Cheryl and I moved house.  Our new address is 8 Dorcas Way, Coolbellup. We moved house so that new ministers could move into the rectory.  We did this because our experience with the Duffs has taught us that things grow where the energy for learning and evangelism is present.  We are in Cottesloe, so we need to put our people where we want the new energy to be. The Carrs have been delayed due to [continue reading…]

Dec 242017
 

Looking for a story from the life of Jesus that features a donkey, and innkeeper? It is not the account of Jesus’ birth [try the parable of the Good Samaritan, Luke chapter 10, for that.] There is no mention of a donkey or an innkeeper in the account of Jesus’ birth [Luke 2]. In several English translations, there is an inn but this is a mistranslation of the word for the guest room. Jesus was born in a family home, [continue reading…]

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…]