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Category: Ministers’ letters

Freedom of Religion

Ministers' letters, Uncategorized

What is the Christian argument for religious liberty? I’ve heard it said the Bible does not establish any right to freedom of religion, and we should stop obsessing about it. So what are we talking about here? Article 18 of the United Nation’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights says: Everyone has the right to freedom…

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Let’s Talk About Sin

Ministers' letters

Recently, I read the book, Side by Side, by Ed Welch. It is a great book. Easy to read and profound. It’s a book about loving one another practically. It reminds us that we are all needy but we are all needed. One chapter which struck me was titled, “Prepare to talk about sin”. Generally,…

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My ‘Real Life’

Ministers' letters

“I have Jesus sorted out, so now I need to focus on my real life; my studies, and career, and lifestyle.” I remember a young Christian saying this to me. I had just asked them if they were sure they were going to heaven. They answered “Of course! I have Jesus sorted out, so now…

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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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