Minute from a Minister


09
Dec 2018

If you’re like me you’ve wondered many times, ‘What can I get them for Christmas?’ Or, if people have asked you what you would like you’ve not know what to say. So, here are a few suggestions so that hopefully you’re not shopping late on Christmas Eve buying items that won’t really be wanted (or receiving them yourself if you don’t need them) — Could they benefit from a Bible? I.e. do they have a Bible of their own in a modern translation that hasn’t fallen apart? Because, remember what Spurgeon’s said,......

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02
Dec 2018

In the summer of 2006 I was walking down the main street where I lived with Lesley. We would often go for evening walks after work. It was a great time of exercise, conversation and just being with my wife. One evening as we walked down the main street, enjoying our conversation, I felt a painful sting on the back of my leg, heard a voice call out from a car driving by and saw a man hanging out of a car window. What I felt was an egg hitting my leg......

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25
Nov 2018

Today I want to briefly talk about a very important ministry: it is the Angel Tree ministry. Each year we put out our Christmas Tree in church – yes I know it’s looking a little daggy now – maybe you’d like to provide a new one  – and we ask you to place unwrapped gifts or gift vouchers under it, and at the same time place a decoration on the tree. We usually do this for about four weeks, leading up to Christmas. And the hope is that the tree, after these......

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18
Nov 2018

The answer might seem obvious, or maybe you’ve never thought about it, or maybe you have no idea! So, just before a new Anglican Bishop of NQ is elected, here are a few thoughts (but certainly not an exhaustive account!) – The word ‘bishop’ comes from the Greek word episkopos, and so sometimes systems of denominational government with Bishops (such as Anglican) are called ‘episcopal’. In the New Testament (NT) an episkopos (usually translated as ‘overseer’) was one of the leaders of a congregation. They were also called an ‘elder’ (presbuteros) or......

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