Ozzie Observations – Week 4 – The Bible in Australia, China and Vanuatu,Parramatta Cathedral, the Church and Israel Folau

I am loving reading Meredith Lake’s new book – The Bible in Australia: A cultural history. I’m not quite finished it but here are some fascinating quotes: “On another occasion, Dickey attempted to convert an old man, telling him: You must love God – you must settle, then Mr Walker can preach to you, else I shall go to heaven and you will go to … Continue reading Ozzie Observations – Week 4 – The Bible in Australia, China and Vanuatu,Parramatta Cathedral, the Church and Israel Folau

Are Men Wiser Than Women? Ecclesiastes 7:23-29

This weeks Ecclesiastes column on Christian Today  Solomon, who had 300 wives and 600 concubines – contrary to the command of God and despite his wisdom and good start as king – might have been expected to know something about women. In this week’s Ecclesiastes passage (7:23-29) he gives us the benefit of his knowledge. At first it appears to be the kind of misogynistic … Continue reading Are Men Wiser Than Women? Ecclesiastes 7:23-29

Ecclesiastes 7 – Four dangers for today’s Christians

This weeks Ecclesiastes article first published on Christian Today  Having reflected on the way that we regard our times and look at life, in Ecclesiastes 7: 15-22 Solomon turns to some other conundrums of both ancient and contemporary life. He warns us of four dangers that really hit home today. Pixels 1. The danger of an unrealistic view of life It seems meaningless that the good die … Continue reading Ecclesiastes 7 – Four dangers for today’s Christians

Ozzie Observations – Week 2 – Katoomba Christian Convention

We have just returned from The Katoomba Christian Convention – an interdenominational Christian conference that has been held in the Blue Mountains since 1903. They have a large centre and run several conventions – KYCK (high school); Oxygen (leaders); Onward (apologetics and evangelism); Basecamp (men); One Love (women); Next Gen (Youth and Children’s leaders) and Easter. It was this latter that your truly was speaking … Continue reading Ozzie Observations – Week 2 – Katoomba Christian Convention

Ecclesiastes and Easter

Happy Easter!  This weeks column on Christian Today The Good Old Days. Remember them? Its Good Friday – remember when the whole country was religious and everything stopped on Good Friday? No? Me neither. I’m currently in Australia and a lot of the shops are closed on Good Friday. In the UK in most areas commercial activity carries on as before – indeed in many … Continue reading Ecclesiastes and Easter

Which is Better? A Party or a Funeral? Ecclesiastes 7

This weeks column from Christian Today on Ecclesiastes 7  One of the problems with modern life is the misuse of the English language. The way that words change or are used in different ways fits well with Solomon’s assertion that everything is meaningless. One such word is ‘extremist’. We think we know what it means, but it has become a term of insult and of … Continue reading Which is Better? A Party or a Funeral? Ecclesiastes 7

Baptisms, Prayer, Holiness, a New Song and a (not so good) Farewell Sermon – St Peters March 11th

Last Sunday morning was a special service for me – as I got to baptise my grandson – Finlay as well as Elizabeth – another girl in the congregation…the church was packed… Here is the morning service: Songs  – Praise to the Lord, the Almighty; From heaven you Came;  Ps 89:1-6 and 13-18; We Praise God for His Covenant; May the Peace  Readings: Colossians 1:24-29  … Continue reading Baptisms, Prayer, Holiness, a New Song and a (not so good) Farewell Sermon – St Peters March 11th

Ecclesiastes 6 – Out of the Shadows into the Light.

It’s hard to accept we live in the Shadowlands – as we saw last week – when we have such seemingly concrete realities in our everyday lives. In this week’s Ecclesiastes passage Solomon reflects further on what we can see, taste and feel all around us every day. Pexels Taste: We work to eat. ‘The labourer’s appetite works for him; his hunger drives him on’ (Proverbs 16:26). We … Continue reading Ecclesiastes 6 – Out of the Shadows into the Light.

David Suchet has fallen for the trap of believing doctrine is divisive and doesn’t matter

This article first appeared on the Premier website here – By: David Robertson | 13th March 2018 The voice of the NIV audio Bible has admitted moving away from “organised religion” through making a new documentary on the three Abrahamic religions. David Robertson responds    David Suchet is a big part of my life. Every day I hear his voice – not because I am an Agatha Christie fanatic endlessly … Continue reading David Suchet has fallen for the trap of believing doctrine is divisive and doesn’t matter

Quenching the Spirit, Spiritual Gifts and Ephesians – Worship from St Peters 4th March 2018

Last Sunday was a great Lord’s Day for us – again the joy of knowing the presence of the Lord…the recording for the whole service did not work in the morning but we did manage to get the sermon – this was on 1 Thessalonians 5:16-20.  The Lord’s timing for me was fascinating…..I did not know that I would be preaching on this when the … Continue reading Quenching the Spirit, Spiritual Gifts and Ephesians – Worship from St Peters 4th March 2018