Author Archives: avrilhj

Marriage Equality passes the Senate

We could almost have been the start of a joke: an Anglican priest, a Baptist pastor, and two Uniting Church ministers walk into Parliament House … Continue reading

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Sermon: Religious freedom

Any Christian who claims that they should be free to reject people rather than to welcome them, and to deny them service rather than to serve, is not following Christ. Continue reading

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Sermon: Worshipping false gods

Every time Christians gather together to worship is a ‘family service’ even if the worshipping community is made up entirely of unrelated single people all over the age of ninety. Continue reading

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Sermon: Sinners and Saints

We’re all in this together; all of us sinners saved only by the grace of God. We’re comrades in human solidarity, recognising in each other the same faults and failings that we find in ourselves. Continue reading

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For the newsletter: Let your light shine

Have you heard of ‘virtue signalling? The British journalist and author James Bartholomew claims to have coined it in The Spectator in 2015 after realising that Victorians gave much more to charity than contemporary British people do. He says that … Continue reading

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Sermon: Commemorating the Reformation

looking at the Orthodox and Catholic churches, which do not ordain women, I can only be glad that Luther nailed his arguments to the door of Wittenberg Cathedral. Or didn’t nail them, because that may be a myth. Either way, I think we’re a better church because of it.    Continue reading

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Good and Bad Evangelism

I wish more churches could understand how important a message of love is to people, and how little most of us need to be reminded of our sins. Continue reading

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