01 May 2022 | Reflections
Over the Easter period, we focused on the glory of Easter. This was not planned but developed as we continued our Living the Spirit-Filled Life series, focussing on Jesus’ High Priestly Prayer in John 17, which begins:
01 April 2022 | Reflections
When you have an important decision to make where do you seek advice? Over our lives we gather together a wealth of valuable input, from family, friends, mentors and, increasingly today, even internet advice. It is often seen as a sign of maturity when we make well informed life decisions. Indeed, the scriptures say:
15 March 2022 | Reviews
Fruitful Leaders by Marcus Honeysett is described as ideal for anyone asking whether God could use them as a leader… it will also offer fresh vision to existing leaders, and inspire those who are cultivating a fresh crop of new leaders. - Marcus Honeysett, Fruitful Leaders: How to make, grow, love and keep them, 2011.
01 March 2022 | Reflections
In our Living the Spirit Filled Life series Fin shared with us a valuable illustration. He recalled the time when he and Beth were admiring the stars, literally God’s canvas stretched out across the skies. As they looked up later, he was momentarily confused, there was not a star in sight. He wondered, where possibly could they have gone?
01 February 2022 | Reflections
‘Let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us’ (Hebrews 12:1)
01 January 2022 | Reflections
I am always excited when a New Year comes around. It often feels like a good time to reset and reassess our goals and aspirations. It is a time of peace after the busyness of Christmas, and it helps break up the permeating gloom of winter by marking a new start.
01 December 2021 | Reflections
Have you seen Peter Pan? One of the most memorable moments in Peter Pan is when he loses his shadow and tries all sorts of things to capture it until his new friend Wendy sews it back onto him. His shadow is treated like a physical object whose purpose was to lead Peter to Wendy and mark the beginning of their adventure.
01 November 2021 | Reflections
Last Sunday was a really special day. It was a privilege to come alongside Marc and Cara as they made a public declaration, in baptism, of their commitment to follow Jesus as a family. As we welcomed them into the church family we also dedicated baby Orlagh to God asking for His blessing upon her life.
01 October 2021 | Reflections
The biblical image of the vine is very precious. It captures the life of real relationship that Jesus is calling us into. It serves as a potent image of fertility and hope. It provides foundations that are deeply rooted in God and the promise of abundance of fruit for all those that remain in the vine.
01 September 2021 | Reflections
While the word “lockdown” trended in 2020 and early 2021, today, the new trending word may be “freedom”. In many ways the word freedom is slippery. It can often mean different things to different people. It is rarely a neutral term as different visions of freedom are not always compatible. Today, it could be argued that the dominant interpretation of the word is oftentimes self-serving. With all this in mind, how might we approach this new freedom?
19 August 2021 | Reviews
“If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world.” - C.S Lewis, Mere Christianity
01 August 2021 | Reflections
Have you been sitting still when you should be moving, or moving when you should be sitting still? The Scriptures talk a lot about being still and waiting on the Lord, but that does not necessarily mean we should stop.
20 July 2021 | Reviews
The “A week away” movie was quite a surprise. We regularly watch movies as a family and have come to appreciate a certain standard of storytelling, acting and filming. We enjoy watching family friendly movies with a positive message especially that explore questions of faith.
01 July 2021 | Reflections
Sometimes when we read Bible stories, we have questions that aren’t directly answered by the text. The answers may not be there, but pondering the questions can be important. One of the things that I have often wondered is what it was that Jesus was drawing in the ground in John 8:6, 8. This is the story of the woman caught in adultery, where Jesus says that the one without sin should be the first to throw a stone at her.
01 June 2021 | Reflections
“What is needed in the current environmental crisis is not so much an agreed cap on carbon emissions (important though that may be for the future of our planet), but a radical reorientation of the way we understand ourselves in relation to the natural world around us, something akin to a spiritual revolution” - Sir Jonathan Porritt, co-Founder of Friends of the Earth.
21 May 2021 | Reviews
Gilead is the story of Rev. John Ames. In 1956, at the age of 76, Rev. John Ames (Son of Rev. John Ames, and grandson of Rev. John Ames) begins writing to his not quite 7-year-old son. The book is that letter. The setting for the story is the fictional small town of Gilead, Iowa, where he has lived almost his whole life (His family moved there from Kansas when he was 2 years old.)
01 May 2021 | Reflections
It seems fitting as we have been exploring the theme of “Even better than Eden” in our services that we have been investing a lot of effort in the creation of our new community garden. The project says a lot about who we are and want to be.
21 April 2021 | Reviews
‘First Light’ is a historical fiction novel by husband and wife team, Bodie and Brock Thoene. It begins in 2002 when we learn of thousands of precious ancient scrolls hidden in a secret library underneath a house in the Old City of Jerusalem.
01 April 2021 | Reflections
This was the dawn of the new creation. The gardener was up at the crack of dawn doing the work the first Adam failed to do. Even now the new creation is breaking into the wilderness of our lives in this world. … This is what Paul means when he says, “If anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come” (2 Corinthians 5:17)(1)
17 March 2021 | Reviews
Like many Christians, I had read fragments of the writings of Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945), which had made a deep impression on me, and I also knew he had been executed by the Nazis. This book was published in 1939 as a reflection on life in the illegal seminary he led in Finkenwalde in the tense and dark days before and during World War 2.
01 March 2021 | Reflections
As we began our new sermon series “Even Better Than Eden” we started at the very beginning when God created and his Spirit, his Ruach, was moving over the surface of God’s formless creation (Genesis 1:1-2). God made a faith statement that he was at the very heart and purpose of creation and that his Spirit was poised to breathe life into creation. In the New Testament Jesus tells us that It is the Spirit that gives life (John 6:63).
19 February 2021 | Reviews
Before 2019 the term coronavirus was not well known outside of science and medical circles, however, today it is the most searched term across the world. A simple virus has literally shaken the core of modern times, leaving many people with divergent, and strong, views on what is the best way to tackle the covid pandemic. This month we briefly review two Christian reflections on the pandemic.
01 February 2021 | Reflections
As we have been drawing our Choose Your King series to a close, we have reflected on the importance of aligning our hearts with God.
01 December 2020 | Reflections
If you could describe the last year in one word what would it be? Perhaps it is the word ‘unexpected.’
01 November 2020 | Reflections
We are not qualified to build God’s house, rather, it is God that builds a home in our hearts through Jesus.
01 October 2019 | Reflections
Jesus said: “The Kingdom of Heaven is like a mustard seed planted in a field. It is the smallest of all seeds, but it becomes the largest of garden plants; it grows into a tree, and birds come and make nests in its branches.” (Matthew 13:31-32)
22 September 2019 | Reflections
The reality is that life is risky. From an early age we are taught how to manage the various risks of life from how to cross a road safely to how to put food on our table. Risk management may minimise the impact or decrease the probability of unfortunate events but it doesn’t necessarily prevent them.
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