A decline towards health

I’m at the 2013 meeting of the Synod of NSW & ACT. During a table group discussion of an encouraging report from the Rural Ministry Unit someone from a rural Presbytery at my… Continue reading

Ashes to Ashes…again

http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?feature=youtube_gdata_player&v=fEADcdtjZzM&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DfEADcdtjZzM%26feature%3Dyoutube_gdata_player I’ve just given my first performance of the song “Ashes to Ashes” in many years. As I waited for my spot in the Communion Service at the 2013 Synod of NSW &… Continue reading

Charleville – Sydney – Jerusalem

Something else in the planning: the National Ministers’ Conference 2014 Every three years the President convenes a set of three conferences for Uniting Church ministers. (It’s really one conference repeated in three locations… Continue reading

A national conference on mission and evangelism: when, where and why.

So here’s one of the plans I wanted to share with you after I’d got the thing about giving God a laugh off my chest. I’ll be hosting a national conference on mission… Continue reading

Giving God a Laugh

The taxi that took me from Sydney Airport to Kensington was driven by a Russian Jew. I was on my way to a meeting of the Assembly Standing Committee. The driver enjoyed having… Continue reading

It all began with a sausage sizzle

Last year the 13th Assembly of the Uniting church resolved to: ‘call the members of the Uniting Church to a week of prayer and fasting for justice for Indigenous Australians, culminating in a… Continue reading

What will the church be like when they get to lead it?

I spent most of last week in Sydney at the National Young Adult Leaders Conference. The delegates were a really impressive group of people – passionate about the church and mission, engaged in… Continue reading

Salvation Comes Like an Unwanted Pregnancy – A Sermon for Christmastide (December 25 – January 5)

“Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favour with God.” (Luke 1:26-38) Luke’s story of the birth of Jesus begins with the strange encounter between the girl Mary and an angel… Continue reading

A Christmas message

At Christmas we celebrate the birth of Jesus, who came “that they may have life, and have it abundantly” (John 10.10). The 13th Assembly of the Uniting Church, held in July this year,… Continue reading

The fear of others has corrupted the Australian soul

Amnesty International has confirmed that conditions for asylum seekers that Australia has sent to Nauru are wretched. There is poor sanitation, inadequate accommodation, overcrowding, and the mental and physical health of detainees is deteriorating.… Continue reading