Minute from a Minister


15
May 2016

On Wednesday Trev, Chris and I took part in meetings with Bishop Bill Ray, one of which included a renewal of Ordination Vows. It is very good for us to annually renew our commitment to ministry in a formal way. However, as all Christians are ministers (the word means ‘servants’ cf. e.g. Jn. 12:26; Gal. 5:13; Col. 3:23-24) much of what the three of us said can be applied to all of us. So here are a few excerpts of what was said/promised/prayed — “God our Father, in the name of Christ......

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08
May 2016

Well, we’ve just been handed down the Federal Budget for 2016 and beyond, and all I keep hearing from the media, as well as various people is: What’s in it for me? I think it is a very sad reflection of where we are now at, as a society, that all we tend to be interested in, is ourselves. It reminds me of what a former deputy Prime Minister and brother in Christ, John Anderson, said at a Men’s Katoomba Christian Convention. In the excellent talk he gave, he said upfront that......

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01
May 2016

As many of you know TGS Youth is doing the Alpha series this term. If you have never heard of Alpha, it is a 12 week series looking at life and faith. How does Jesus and belief in him impact one’s life? This is an evangelistic series. It looks at the evidence of Jesus as well as the response to Jesus. Last term we asked the youth to invite their friends along to Alpha. We are thankful that God has brought along a number of their friends. A normal night consists of:......

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24
Apr 2016

As I wrote this before I went on one week’s annual leave, by the time you read this, things might have changed, or might still be the same….   Well, I am pretty sure that most of you have heard all about this: how Tara Brown and her 60 Minutes colleagues are in (are still in?) a very awful predicament: one day in a five star apartment and the next in a Lebanese jail. Let alone the awful ordeal that Sally Faulkner is enduring since her children were taken 11 months ago......

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