Minute from a Minister


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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11
Nov 2018

It has been 100 years since the end of the First World War. It was called “the Great War”, “the war to end all wars”. One hundred years ago, on 11 November 1918, the guns of the Western Front fell silent after four years of continuous warfare. With their armies retreating and close to collapse, German leaders signed an Armistice, bringing to an end the First World War. From the summer of 1918, the five divisions of the Australian Corps had been at the forefront of the allied advance to victory. In......

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04
Nov 2018

Do you ever find yourself trying to do something, but one obstacle after another comes your way to prevent you from doing what you had planned to do? I found this to be true, twice this past week. And I found it very frustrating indeed. I think I might have even ‘lost it’ once or twice, but please don’t tell anyone. For example, I had the car packed and ready to go to our MYB (Men, Youth, Boys) Camp, last Friday afternoon, but leading up to it, one thing after another happened,......

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28
Oct 2018

Last Tuesday Renee and I saw the movie First Man, about the Americans putting the ‘first man’ on the moon: Neil Armstrong. It’s a good movie in many ways. One of the ‘messages’ of the movie that stands out the most is the great sacrifice that was made to achieve this ‘first’: not just the money and time it took, but more importantly the number of astronauts who died before America achieved their goal. As the number of deaths increased so did the calls that the price was too high and that......

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