Minute from a Minister


04
Jan 2015

The below was sent to me last week. I hope and pray that in 2015, by God’s grace, it is not true of you and me. Isn’t it strange? To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible. Thomas Aquinas (Italian Catholic priest, philosopher & theologian: 1225-1274) Isn’t it strange how 50 dollars seems like such a large amount when you give it to your church, but such a small amount when you go shopping? Isn’t it strange how 2 hours seem so long......

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28
Dec 2014

Do cash registers overheat? I reckon that’s a good question—because they barely stop ‘ringing’ on Christmas Eve before they’re in use again on Boxing Day (although in these days of so much electronic payments, do cash registers still ‘ring’?!). It’s very easy for us to critique our culture—that so much of Christmas has been turned into crass materialism. It’s so sad when a retailer talks about ‘a good Christmas’ being one where they sell lots of stuff. What an indictment of 2014 Australia. However, how much do I (& you) take part......

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21
Dec 2014

I was driving to work on Monday morning when I heard breaking news of a hostage situation in Sydney. I was watching all day to see what would happen, praying for a positive outcome. As I awoke on Tuesday morning I looked at the news to find that it was over, but not without loss. Two of the hostages were killed and the gunman himself was dead. The thing that hit me most was that one of the two hostages killed was a wife and mother of three. This is something that......

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14
Dec 2014

Last week one of the main news’ headlines on News.com.au was about how a $700 gift for those living in Australia is becoming the norm for Christmas. I initially thought to myself: surely not, but it got my attention and so I read the whole article. The article goes on to say how long gone are the days that Australians want a CD or a board game for Christmas, or even a $139 bike from Toys R Us. And instead, when people are asked as to, ‘what they would like for Christmas?’,......

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