Unwilling to Hear?

One of my good friends fell off a ladder while doing some building work at our church.  In doing so, he fractured one of the vertebrae in his neck, which also affected the nerves, causing severe pain (and difficulty moving) in other parts of his body.  He had scans in hospital down here in the … [Read more…]

Friendship and Recovery

I was listening to a science program on the ABC this last weekend, and there was a discussion about researching coming out of Oxford with respect to friendship.  Apparently the greatest predictor of a speedy recovery after surgery (or other significant or traumatic events) is the number and quality of friendships a person has.  More … [Read more…]

Remembrance Day

I delivered the Remembrance Day address in town this morning, and below is what I said.  Before you read through it, consider that the sacrifice made on our behalf, as wonderful and generous as it was, is only an imitation (although not a deliberate one) of the sacrifice that Jesus made for us on the … [Read more…]

Surviving Change

Do you sometimes get the feeling that everything is changing?  If you think back over the last couple of years, there are all sorts of things that are changing.  We are constantly told, and can see, that a Trump presidency in the USA is changing the way diplomacy is conducted.  We are seeing it change … [Read more…]

Being or Doing

There is a big difference between being something, and doing something.  It might be the difference between doing something as a hobby, and actually being someone who is something.  For example, I may have farm animals (chickens) in my back yard, and feed them and collect the eggs, maintain their enclosure, but that doesn’t make … [Read more…]

Israel Again

This last week there was another little rumble about Israel Folau.  Once again there are people complaining about the ‘homophobic’ links he is posting, about his ‘preaching’, how he does this in defiance of Rugby Australia, and how he should stop it. I went to the trouble of watching the YouTube link to the talk … [Read more…]

Learn to Forgive Yourself ….

It has become pretty fashionable to talk about learning to forgive yourself, or learning to love yourself.  I wonder if you have heard that, or maybe even said that yourself. Not to put too find a point on it, I think that these expressions are some of the most self-absorbed non-sense that it is possible … [Read more…]