Minute from a Minister


13
Oct 2019

There’s a famous saying that goes like this: “The thing we learn from history is that we don’t learn from history”! You might be aware that (again) some are pushing for Religious Instruction (R.I.) to be removed from schools. This is a very narrow-minded and ignorant stance— even if someone was an atheist. Here are (just some of the many) reasons why R.I. in schools is a good idea — 1. It helps children to know what they believe and why Who am I? What do I stand for? Why do I......

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06
Oct 2019

Politics (& many other issues) are often talked about, and those conversations can be very unhelpful or downright ‘feral’. However … Here are 8 suggestions for discussing politics and other issues in good ways — 1. Leave your ego at the door When ego takes over tempers flare and God can be dishonoured. 2. Show grace instead of outrage toward those you disagree with This is the way of Christ (even if it’s not that of Social Media). 3. Don’t assume the worst of those you disagree with Especially about their intentions.......

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29
Sep 2019

I was quite challenged the other day when someone said to me, “Are we any different to our neighbours?” And I’ve been thinking on that ever since. It’s made me think as to whether or not my neighbours see in me and in my wife, Sue, people who are different to them? And if they do, in what ways are we different? Or perhaps we are not visibly different to them, and is that a serious problem? Like – and this is a generalisation – I am guessing we all live in......

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22
Sep 2019

Have you ever noticed the times in his letters when Paul mentions the Father and Son but not the Spirit? For example, in 1 Corinthians 8:6 he says, “… there is one God, the Father, from whom are all things and for whom we exist, and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things and through whom we exist.” Does this mean that Paul thought that the Spirit isn’t fully divine, unequal to the Father and Son? No, it doesn’t. There are many places where Paul says or implies that the......

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