Church Sells CD of Silence

SilenceWe live in an increasingly noisy and wordy world. Sometimes it can be hard to find a quiet place just to be still from all of the voices clamouring for our attention. In light of this, we shouldn't be surprised at the following news item … 

A church in England has recorded "the sound of silence" on to a CD which has become a surprise hit with its congregation.Read the rest

Dealing with Overload

OverloadEver feel overloaded? Overwhelmed? Ever wish there were a few extra hours in the day or maybe even an extra day in the week? If you are anything  like me, there are so many things to do and hardly enough time to do them in.… Read the rest

The Joy of Not Knowing It All

1cor13I was reading the apostle's Paul's first letter to the Corinthians last week and came to chapter 13, the great love chapter, a chapter I have read hundreds of times. The following statement jumped off the page at me:

1Cor.13:12. Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity.Read the rest

Henri Nouwen on Finding Our Identity in Christ

HenriFrom Life of the Beloved by Henri Nouwen (1932-1996):

 “Aren't you, like me, hoping that some person, thing, or event will come along to give you that final feeling of inner well-being you desire? Don't you often hope: 'May this book, idea, course, trip, job, country or relationship fulfill my deepest desire.' But as long as you are waiting for that mysterious moment you will go on running helter-skelter, always anxious and restless, always lustful and angry, never fully satisfied.… Read the rest

Modern Family (Pt.3) – Singleness

Today, let’s talk about being single. Singles are people who have never married
(because they chose not to marry or have not found a partner) or those who have
been married but are single again because of the death of a spouse or through
divorce.… Read the rest

Kid’s Doctrine

How's this for some kid's doctrine, taken straight from Sunday School …

  • "The first book of the Bible is the book of geniuses in which Adam and Eve were created from an apple tree."
  • "Noah’s wife’s name was Joan of Arc."
  • "Lot’s wife was a pillar of salt by day and a ball of fire by night."
  • "Samson slayed the Philipines with the axe of the apostles."
  • "Unleavened bread is bread that is made without ingredients."
  • " Moses went to the top of Mount Sianide to get the 10 commandments and the seventh one is, 'Thou shalt not admit adultery'."
  • "Solomon had 300 wives and 700 porcupines."
  • "Jesus was born because Mary had an immaculate contraption."
  • "The people who followed Jesus were the 12 decibels."
  • "The epistles were the wives of the apostles."
  • "A Christian should only have one wife.
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The Life of a Preacher’s Kid

PkI am a PK – a "preacher's kid" or a TO – a "theological offspring", as my father used to call me. Growing up in a pastor's or minister's home is not easy. Many people think you should be perfect or at least have an extra holiness gene.… Read the rest

Modern Family (Pt.2) – Parenting

ParYou can become a parent in an instant but learning the art
of parenting can take a lifetime. Children don’t come with instructions but
thankfully we can glean God’s wisdom through the Scriptures, from other
effective parents, and from the common sense that comes from life experience.… Read the rest

Happy Mother’s Day!

MumTomorrow is Mother's Day, a day to honour mothers all around the world. Mother's are special people who we owe so much to – in addition to our very existence!

Mother's are faithful, loyal, hard working (where do mother's go when they want to resign?), loving and caring.… Read the rest

The Power of Encouragement

Enc"So encourage each other and build each other up,
just as you are already doing (1 Th. 5:11).”

We all thrive on praise and
encouragement. It motivates us and brings out the best in us. Encouragement is
like oxygen to the soul.… Read the rest

Tax Blues on the Increase in Australia

TaxIs Australia becoming a nation of whiners? The third survey of opinions on tax – for 2012 by Per Capita shows more of us believe we pay too much tax in a system that is less fair. Per Capita says Australia has the fifth lowest tax burden of the 34 OECD countries, only higher than South Korea, Chile, the US and Mexico, and yet 50% of us believe we are 'over-taxed', up from 44% in 2010.… Read the rest

Modern Family (Pt.1): Marriage

MarrGod invented marriage as a covenant relationship between a
man and a woman (Gen.2:18-25). Marriage is one of the most intimate of human
relationships, as a husband and wife join every aspect of their lives together
for life. Getting married is easy but building a strong marriage takes time and
effort.… Read the rest

Modern Family

FamilyA Changing Culture

Just mention the word “family” in society today and you’ll get a variety of opinion and perspectives on what it is and what it should be. Changes to the family are reflected in the typical TV family. We've come a long way from Little House on the Prairie, The Waltons, The Cosby Show and The Brady Bunch (anyone remember The Munsters or The Adams' Family?) through shows like Friends (a bunch of friends living together in a pseudo-family), The Simpsons and now Modern Family.… Read the rest