…for death is the destiny of everyone; the living should take this to heart.

John Steinbeck – East of Eden “I remember clearly the deaths of three men. One was the richest man of the century, who, having clawed his way to wealth through the souls and bodies of men, spent many years trying to buy back the love he had forfeited and by that process performed great serviceContinue reading “…for death is the destiny of everyone; the living should take this to heart.”

More Than Conquerors?

What does it mean in Romans 8:37 when Paul says that followers of Christ are “more than conquerors” (ESV)? D. A. Carson gives some good answers to this question based on the context of Romans 8: First, the “us” to whom the apostle refers includes all Christians. AllChristians are the ones whom God has foreknown, “predestined to be conformed toContinue reading “More Than Conquerors?”

Every church is dying…

Every Church is Dying Every church is a dying church in some sense: • Some churches are literally dying. They are slowly losing people and will likely shut down. • Some churches are glitzy and successful. They look vibrant and alive, but they’re really only alive to themselves and their institution. They look alive, butContinue reading “Every church is dying…”

The Kingdom of Nobodies

“The Kingdom of Nobodies” was a sermon on Mark 10:13-16 preached by Jono Thomas (the Combined Churches Children’s and Youth Minister) on Norfolk Island in January 2018. Mark 10:13-16 (NIV) The Little Children and Jesus 13 People were bringing little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them, but the disciples rebuked them. 14 When JesusContinue reading “The Kingdom of Nobodies”

Reformation Heroes In 200 words: John Knox (1513-1572)

Did you know it’s been 500 years since the Protestant Reformation? For the last month or so I’ve been sharing some short biographies of key reformers. Today: John Knox (1513-1572) John Knox is the Father of the Scottish Reformation. While working as a priest, Knox was introduced to the gospel through a man named GeorgeContinue reading “Reformation Heroes In 200 words: John Knox (1513-1572)”

For as long as anyone can remember, Norfolk Island has celebrated Thanksgiving…

Thanksgiving is undeniably American, but in the late nineteenth century, Norfolk Island was to have a great deal of contact with the American church culture through the visits of American whalers and their wives, who often stayed on the island for extended periods of time. Isaac Robinson was a trader who had settled on theContinue reading “For as long as anyone can remember, Norfolk Island has celebrated Thanksgiving…”

Guest Post: Celebrating Thanksgiving on Norfolk Island

From our friends at Eternity News… Celebrating Thanksgiving on Norfolk Island Celebrating Thanksgiving on Norfolk Island Why does this tiny Aussie island mark the most American of holidays? ANNE LIM | NOVEMBER 22ND, 2017 10:49 AM | ADD A COMMENT Thanksgiving is a big deal on Norfolk Island, the hilly island 1400km east of BrisbaneContinue reading “Guest Post: Celebrating Thanksgiving on Norfolk Island”

Thanksgiving on Norfolk Island

Since the mid 1890’s the community of Norfolk Island have been decorating All Saints Church and celebrating Thanksgiving together (this year the festivities begin at All Saints from 10am). But how did the most American of holidays end up on a remote island in the middle of the South Pacific? According to Church of EnglandContinue reading “Thanksgiving on Norfolk Island”

Reformation Heroes In 200 words: John Calvin (1509-1564)

John Calvin is the most influential pastor in church history. He wrote commentaries on nearly the entire Bible, which are still in print today. His systematic theology, The Institutes of the Christian Religion, is arguably the most significant Christian book ever published. Calvin was the architect of Protestant theology, and his teachings gave rise to modernContinue reading “Reformation Heroes In 200 words: John Calvin (1509-1564)”