Three Kings

The carols that we sing each year do such a magnificent job of underscoring who Jesus is and why He came. For example, in Hark the Herald Angels Sing, we learn that only through “the newborn King” can “God and sinners [be] reconciled.”  This Advent we looked beyond the Christmas story, to the Christmas “back story”. We spent three weeksContinue reading “Three Kings”

Chaplain’s Statement: Ahmadi Muslims On Norfolk Island

I have been asked to give my opinion on the activities of the Muslim missionaries currently active on Norfolk Island. While I maintain that religious freedom is the bedrock of all other freedoms, I did think it best to write to you about this group particularly due to our isolation, and lack of contact and context.Continue reading “Chaplain’s Statement: Ahmadi Muslims On Norfolk Island”

God Won’t Give Me More Than I Can Handle And Other Lies I’ve Believed

In a culture that tells us we can be anything we desire, this motivational slogan is meant to encourage, to reassure us that life won’t be too hard. There will be challenges, sure, but God knows my limits. He won’t overdo it. The problem, however, is that God will give you more than you canContinue reading “God Won’t Give Me More Than I Can Handle And Other Lies I’ve Believed”

Everything Happens For A Reason (And Other Lies I’ve Believed)

Inspired by the best selling book Everything Happens for a Reason: And Other Lies I’ve Loved (see link) our new sermon series explores five lies that we are tempted to believe as Christians: Thirty-five-year-old Kate Bowler had finally had a baby with her childhood sweetheart after years of trying, when she began to feel jabbingContinue reading “Everything Happens For A Reason (And Other Lies I’ve Believed)”

What’s The Point Of Preaching?

We do a funny thing at church. Every week, roughly the same group of people (the congregation) come to hear the same person (the preacher) speak. If the average preacher speaks 100 words a minute, that means you’ll hear 2,500 words a sermon – maybe around 130,000 words a year.  What difference does it allContinue reading “What’s The Point Of Preaching?”