On the outside I appeared as a cocky and self-assured, shameless woman, but on the inside I was just hollow, with the only emotions I was able to feel being pain, sadness, and shame.
What I discovered that day, was the gospel, that sinners like me were invited into a family and given a place at the table.
In May this year 9 year old Chloe (changed name for privacy) was admitted to hospital for a fortnight’s stay for treatment and tests. It was going to be a potentially demanding time but fortunately, as is often the case these days, Chloe’s mum was able to stay in the same room for the duration […]
My name is Nancy – still happily married to Stuart after nearly 49 years – and we are both currently working on our Merino Stud just a few kms S.E. of Crystal Brook. We have three adult children and six grandchildren. In April 1970 I was Born Again at an Easter Camp at Thuruna on the West Coast, and Baptized with the Holy Spirit 10 years later at a farm out of Gladstone.
Are we becoming dangerously shortsighted by binding ourselves and our kids into the stifling confinement of ‘being safe’ everywhere and all the time? Our growing obsession with safety for kids may be missing something which it is far more ‘unsafe’ for them to miss. Kids used to walk or ride bikes to school. Now […]
Wudinna and Karcultaby Area Schools Wudinna and Karcultaby Area Schools have made awards inspired by Barnabas in the Bible who initially accompanied Paul in his first missionary journey and was famous for being an encourager. The idea was put forward by the combined churches body that supports chaplains or Pastoral Support Workers and was enthusiastically […]
Australia Day: A common spirituality – outrageous yet obvious. The perennial Australia Day debate presents an opportunity to acknowledge and work from a living uniting force that has been and is a blessing to all cultures resident on this vast land. And for new cultures and religions desiring to reside here. The opportunity: A common […]
How can the Christian respond to the narrative that is aggressively and constantly presented by media, friends and even family? Jonathan Fontanarosa of Edge Church addresses this in his “Change The Narrative” message, presented to the Wednesday Night Seminar of The Branches Community Church, on 31 August, 2022.
So, the Census discussion lingers on. In 1921 92% said they were Christian. But then as now there is not much point in looking to such figures to evaluate what is really going on so far as church is concerned. Today Christians are at 43.9%. That’s a substantial demographic at any time, whatever group of […]
In a trivial election spat with the PM, Anthony Albanese, referring to his weight loss, dropped this one: “And I hope that, in public life, one of the things that we seek to do, as well, is to provide good examples to people.” Absolutely agree AA! Providing good examples to the Australian people. So overcoming […]
Since retiring from my last formal denominational role on the founding Standing Committee of Generate Presbytery, (an orthodox evangelical oversight of some 100 mainly small country churches) I naturally survey my over 50 years in ordained ministry. Here is one perception: The rapid replacement and overreaching power of secular entities of the needs, maladies and […]