Thought for the Week

December 1, 2019

The First Sunday of Advent

I remember when blogs were starting on the internet. Back in the 1990s the Lutheran Church of Australia had one going for pastors. I dutifully signed up and joined in but after a short while I left the group. Maybe it was me and I just didn’t know how to ‘drive’ the technology but the […]

November 25, 2019

The 22nd Sunday after Pentecost

I arrived back in the UK to the news of the South Yorkshire flooding. Property destruction and deaths are devastating. I arrived back in the UK to pick up the news that the bushfires in Aus-tralia had got worse (and there had been considerable smoke across the state and I had driv-en near a few […]

November 25, 2019

The 23rd Sunday after Pentecost

I didn’t expect the question. The conversation was the suddenness of Jesus’ reappearance – how the world will be turning and there will be eating and drinking, giving birth and dying, making love and making war, buy and selling and so on and then Jesus appears – time’s up. Then there’s the judgement and the […]

November 24, 2019

The Last Sunday of the Church Year

Back at work now, I’m back on the road quite a bit. There are lots of road works happening and I’ve noticed the progress made. As with any regular travelling, you come to know the ‘local conditions’ – when to leave home so as to avoid the ‘build up’, how quickly this traffic light changes, […]

October 6, 2019

Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

At your ordination you don’t really know what you’re getting into. It’s quite similar to marriage, I think. In both you have what you think are good and realistic ideas about how you got to the altar and what will happen afterwards – but years later you realise how naïve you were. That’s not a […]

September 29, 2019

St Michael and All Angels

Michael has been a popular archangel among both Jews and Christians. According to Revelation 12, he led the heavenly army against Lucifer before the creation of the world, and according to a very old belief, it is Michael who receives the souls of the departed. His festival has its origin in the fifth century, and […]

September 22, 2019

The Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost

As you might imagine, I am somewhat preoccupied at the moment with the ELCE as Synod –rather than as congregation (such as Ascension or Good Shepherd or Redeemer). We have the convention of Synod this week and there have been lots of talk this past year about our structure. It is a matter of how […]

September 15, 2019

Harvest Thanksgiving

With the harvest table laden and I imagine our cupboards and pantries full of goodies, we are very much blessed. The Earth produces its harvest. I remember walking in an old abandoned mining town in western Queensland and being surprised how quickly and how much the living world had taken back the streets and even […]

September 8, 2019

The Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost

I’ve accepted since I was quite young that justice is a paradox but that it is the bond of society. We may differ on what is just and justice itself is different across countries and courts but from a young age we have a strong sense of what is fair and right. We engage with […]

September 1, 2019

The Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost

“C’mon, God!” I was leaning over my desk and opening the window blinds. I wanted to open the side windows. I hadn’t done this for a while but the bee –and I’m talking a Hercules plane type bee, a low buzzing bee, flying around my study –wasn’t obeying me when I told it that the […]

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