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The World upside down 2012 (ode à Pierrefonds)Have you ever had your world turned upside down?

I know some of you have. I know some of you have not only had your worlds turned upside down but shaken and thrown against a wall as well.

So were the emotions of the followers of Jesus following the events of that first Easter. (more…)


The Door of Humility, entrance to the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem.There is a church in Bethlehem built over the site where tradition holds that Jesus was born.   If you want to go into that church to see the spot you have to enter through the front door of the church.  Unlike most churches is one is not ‘seeker sensitive’.  The door to the church is not high and wide. The door to the church is only a meter and bit high and less than a metre wide.  It is known as the ‘door of humility’.  (more…)

Brian has been talking about our faith and we have been challenged by comments at our recent Church Family meeting about our relationship to God. In Brian’s terms do we have a transactional faith – do we basically bargain with God? If I do this for you God will you do this for me?

Last  week Brian looked at the first half of the first chapter of Ephesians. He suggested I might like to continue to look at Ephesians and I was drawn to the first half of chapter 2 because I felt that it expanded on the idea that faith is not transactional.

Ephesians 2: 1- 10 (more…)

Today we had Rob Thomson join us and speak on Missio Dei – the mission of God.  Much of his message was about his own journey to date that has brought him to the point where he is now seeing himself and being recognised by others as a  ‘church planter’.

The bit that struck me (and where I am going to pick up  from next Sunday) was that he came to a point where (more…)

This post is a  little out of order.  We are looking at the beatitudes, a series of connected statements that are part of the core of Jesus teaching on the now-but-not-yet-kingdom that he has come to initiate.  This message was given at our gathering two weeks ago in  much the same way as I sing – without any real notes.  What with having a significant wedding to prepare for and having to then write my message pretty much from memory it has taken a bit longer than I would like.  I am sure you can cope with two post being out of order.  

We move to the second set statements that make up the Beatitudes.  The first set brought us on a journey from spiritual poverty to the desire for righteousness.  The next set of four continue the journey showing us how to live a righteous life.   In practical terms righteousness is showing mercy, be single minded in our devotion and being a peacemaker.  If you want to know what Jesus says a righteous life looks like, that’s it in a nutshell.

Jesus says, ‘Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy’.

So, what is this mercy of which we speak?   (more…)

While I was a way swaning it Melbourne at a  wedding (and a very lovely wedding it was too), David Cook stood in for me at our gathering.  These are pretty much David’s notes that he apseed on to me.  Read and enjoy.  Read and be challenged…


Today we will be considering Matthew 5:8 and as we do keep in mind verses 6 and 10 where righteousness is mentioned.

Matthew 5:8 reads: –  Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God (more…)

The fourth of the eight statements of Jesus know as the Beatitudes is “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, they will be satisfied”.

The beatitudes come in two sets of four.  This the last in the first set and is matched at the other end buy the last in the second set — “Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven”.  The simple point being made is that righteousness is the desired outcome from those who come to him as disciples, as learners.  But righteousness does not come naturally or easily…