So Right, It’s Wrong

“There are two kinds of lostness. That’s why Jesus puts the elder brother in the parable. You can escape God as much through morality and religion as you can escape God through immorality and             irreligion…. Elder brothers obey to get things from God, and, if those things aren’t forthcoming, they get very angry.” [Timothy Keller]…

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The Lost, and the Lost

In the Trump era we have often heard public designations of individuals and populations as “bad people”, or just plain “baddies”. I’m sure that in a lot of cases these claims could well be correct. These claims would usually be made by those who consider themselves or the group they belong to as “good people”.…

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Rev. Gordon and His Bar of Soap

“I don’t know them from a bar of soap.” This is a strange idiom which probably means that you are completely unaware of or know nothing about a particular person. Applied in a spiritual sense, we could ask, “Do you know God?” Most will say that they do, but there is a vast   difference between…

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Every Kind of Worship

On the day of Pentecost, when the fullness of the Holy Spirit came upon every member of God’s people, they miraculously spoke in the tongues of every nation on earth. This means that every language and culture on earth was “baptised” by God into the eternal worship of Him. God’s Word and truth will guide…

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Think Much, Much Bigger!

Many people say that, after our life in this world, there is nothing. They say it will be just like “the power gets turned off”, and then there is no action, no light, no life, just darkness, nothing. Some add what is supposed to be a compensating idea that we then just “become a part…

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An Open Letter to the National Assembly

On behalf of the Golden Grove Uniting Church, we write to express our deep concern regarding suggested possible changes to the Uniting Church’s received doctrine and practice of marriage at the forthcoming Fifteenth Assembly of the UCA…

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Disaster.. and Hope!

The Standing Committee of the Assembly of the Uniting Church (national body) has now published a proposal to replace the Christian doctrine of marriage (exclusively between a man and a woman, for life), for a non-Christian alternative (between two people, regardless of gender). This proposal has been put for deliberation and decision at the forthcoming…

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One Liners

I am old enough to remember the wise, pithy statements printed on the back of bus tickets. People live by ‘one-liners’ – those sayings within them which sum up their vision or philosophy of life. Now and again we need to re-evaluate our goals, our beliefs and our philosophies that give us inner direction, and…

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Keep Your Shirt On

In the days when a man had only two shirts, if that, he would strip off his precious shirt as well as his jacket before getting into a fight. Taking your shirt off was an indication that a man’s anger had developed to the point of fighting. Keeping your shirt on, however, meant staying calm…

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Bowled over with gratitude

Recent press articles alluding to the cricket ball-tampering scandal in South Africa have frequently used the term ‘redemption’. The West Australian, for instance, on 3rd April, advised that the first steps towards redemption might be to stop vicious on-field abuse and to play and act like gentlemen prepared to compete hard, win well, and lose…

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…and then there was life

Stephen Hawking, one of the world’s greatest minds in the fields of physics and cosmology, said that “heaven is a fairytale invented by those who are afraid of the dark”. For all his great brilliance, he could not (or would not)think beyond the observable universe, in spite of the equally likely fact that there are…

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