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Category: Ministers’ letters

Congregational Culture

Ministers' letters

Last week, some of the pastoral staff were at our regional ministry conference, organised by Bishop Peter Hayward and his Assistant, Tony Willis. We are grateful for their work serving the Anglican churches and ministries of the Wollongong region. One of the presenters was Peter Mayrick, from Moore College’s Centre for Ministry Development. He talked…

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Preachers and Congregations

Ministers' letters, Prayer

Friends in Christ,  Recently I have been reading Paul’s first letter to the Thessalonians and was struck by the way he wrote of both his teams’ preaching and how the Thessalonians had received it. In both the preachers and the hearers, the gospel had come to them “not only in word but also in power…

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Mother’s Day

Ministers' letters, Social comment

It seems to be upon us even before Easter is over. If you believe the hype, it’s all about flowers, chocolates and gifts; and smiling, happy families. But it can be a day that brings all sorts of emotions. Some of us dread it. Some of us love it. Some of us embrace it. Some of…

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The Immortal Attributes of God

Church Conference, Ministers' letters

As a child, I grew up singing the grand hymn “Immortal, Invisible” by Walter C. Smith (1824-1908). Here’s how the first couple of stanzas go… Immortal, invisible, God only wise, In light inaccessible hid from our eyes, Most blessed, most glorious, the Ancient of Days, Almighty, victorious, Thy great name we praise. Unresting, unhasting, and…

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Why should the Bible drive us and our ministry?

Ministers' letters

A reflection following Peter Adam’s visit. Why do we need the Bible? And why should we still read such an old book? How should we answer those who would ask this kind of question? To say that the Bible itself tells us we should read it can be seen as a circular argument. But if…

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‘E’ for Evangelism Stories

Ministers' letters

During the month of April, St Michael’s Mission of the Month is the Uni Bible Group at the University of Wollongong (part of AFES, the Australian Fellowship of Evangelical Students). Evangelism is the sharp edge of mission on campus. Evangelism is also our current seasonal focus at St Michael’s. Autumn is ‘E’ for Evangelism. To…

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Opportunities

Ministers' letters

During the season of autumn, we make ‘E for Evangelism’ our area of extra focus in the ‘4E’ process of disciple-making. (Engaging the community; Evangelising the lost; Establishing believers in the faith; Equipping you for service.) I was encouraged by those who engaged friends with our Walk for Water. (And how good to raise over…

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Use your words!

Ministers' letters

We were rescued by God’s word. By His message. Jesus was that message. His message is about love and rescue; rescue from what we deserve, into God’s love, kingdom and family forever. This message is very good news. It is words. As Christians, we were saved by God’s words, likely told to us by someone….

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#QuickBibleReacts

Ministers' letters, Social comment

I’m looking for a new hashtag. A hashtag is a phrase preceded by a hash sign (#), used on social media to identify messages on a specific topic. Better still if short or witty! You may know I enjoy reading the news, staying in touch with current affairs, as well as theology and ethics. Lately,…

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Why Join a Growth Group?

Community, Ministers' letters

To answer the question: ‘Why join a Growth Group?’, we ought to ask what is God’s big plan for the world and for us. God’s big plan for this world is for people to be rescued, and for rescued people to grow. This was the case for God’s people at Colossae; when they trusted the…

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