What are you and I to do with Easter?

Why Easter? Why the cross? Why do we celebrate an event that looks like appalling violence and reeks of injustice? In this, Jesus’ story is hardly unique. Millions have suffered unjust, horrific, violent deaths. Each year I think around this constellation of...

The Power in the Palms

This day, known as ‘Palm Sunday,’ marks the beginning of Holy Week in the Christian Church. The name ‘Palm Sunday’ is derived from some versions of the story where people waved palm branches as Jesus entered the city of Jerusalem. It’s a great story as this rabbi from...

How can we get more from less?

I’m not sure there is any human way of reducing the obsession with ‘getting more’ so prominent in the so-called developed nations. Greed has been good for too long, and yet the critiques of greed that I commonly encounter are too narrowly grounded (the Bible says...

I choose you to go and bear fruit

I am very grateful that God has a plan. I admit I seem to be wired so that I work best when I have a concrete purpose to work towards. The text above (from John 15:16) clearly states that God also has a concrete purpose for those who would be followers of Jesus. If...

Just missing it a bit

As I sift through the small mountain of Christian ‘junk mail’ that arrives in my mailbox, I get the weird sense that somehow the western Christian ‘enterprise’ is just missing it … a bit. With book catalogues, CD brochures (‘All your favourites and four brand new...

Jesus Goes Pastoral Visiting

Luke tells of a woman, who had lived a sinful life, gate-crashing a dinner party to which Jesus had been invited (Luke 7:36-50). Two things are surprising. The first is that this woman, living in a culture much concerned with being honourable, neither thought herself...

Writing Psalms and Songs in Lent

One of the traditional functions of Lent, which began during the week, is to take time to reflect on our journey of life and faith. It is a time of thoughfulness and prayer, of creative reflection and active repentance. In her book, Amazing Grace, Kathleen Norris...

I Believe, Help My Unbelief!

Mark tells the story of a father coming to some of Jesus’ disciples seeking healing and deliverance for his mute and tormented son. They have obviously tried to do something, but without success. With a tone that rings of disappointment and resignation, Jesus berates...

What Sort of Shape are You In?

When you hear or read this question, what is your first thought or your initial response? My first thought was of my health. I was transported in my mind to the doctor’s surgery and the moment of truth when I stand on the scales and the doctor looks at my height to...

Big View, Small Windows

More than thirty years after promising, I finally took Cathy to Fiji, the land of my birth and late adolescent adventures. It was a great family trip with many memorable highlights. One small part of the adventure that, I think, we all enjoyed was flying in a 18 seat...

Calling all Baby Boomers!

Don't do much on a Saturday night? Baby Boomers, just like you, are meeting on the second Saturday of every month at Pennant Hills Uniting Church. The events are free and are an opportunity for people to meet and enjoy some fun activities together.

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