Monthly Archives: April 2013

Sermon with mandatory mention of same-sex marriage

Sermon for Williamstown Easter 5, 28 April 2013 John 13:31-35 Acts 11:1-18 Revelation 21:1-6 The Christian faith has a dual personality. On the one hand, the church is an ancient institution, drawing on thousands of years of history. At the … Continue reading

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Reflection: Problems of identity

This has been a bad week for me, mental health-wise. Such a bad week, that I want to write it as BAAAAAAAAAAAAAD. That’s how bad it has felt. In one way it’s not a surprise. My experience of clinical depression … Continue reading

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A couple of book reviews: Prester John and The Setons

I’ve been having a bit of a Buchan-fest, reading the works of John Buchan and his sister Anna, who wrote as O. Douglas. They were writing a century ago, and I’ve been pondering the ‘datedness’ of their books. I had … Continue reading

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Reflection for the ANZAC Service: The Possibility of Reconciliation

Sermon for Williamstown Uniting Church ANZAC Service – 21st of April, 2013 On the 25th of April, 1915, some 20,000 Australian, New Zealand, other British, and French servicemen landed at the Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey. Russia, which was under attack … Continue reading

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Living a privileged life – and abusing that privilege

This morning I took two small children to child care. They hadn’t known that the person coming from church to collect them from their house would be me, and so I was greeted with exuberant bouncing. Their mother asked: ‘Are … Continue reading

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Sermon: Following in the fisherman’s footsteps

Sermon for Williamstown The Third Sunday of Easter, 14th of April 2013 John 21:1-19 Whenever you feel downhearted or discouraged at your performance as a follower of Jesus, think of Peter, the rock on whom Jesus built the Christian church. … Continue reading

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Speaking ill of the dead?

Margaret Thatcher has died of a stroke at the age of 87. She was a human being, made in the image of God; a mother, grandmother and friend who is now being mourned by those who loved her. She was … Continue reading

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