WHEN YOU GET WHAT YOU DON’T DESERVE. 

Alice YoungFrontPage, News, Pastor

Lent Reading: Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32  Years ago, I was taught a helpful distinction between justice, mercy, and grace. Justice is getting what you deserve; mercy is not getting what you deserve; grace is getting what you don’t deserve. Clever. I wonder, does it capture the heart of justice, mercy, grace? Can it?  Jesus tells the parable of the ‘Seeking Father’ … Read More

Learning from bad examples

Jason HoetFrontPage, News, Pastor

Lent Reading: 1 Corinthians 10:1-13 What is the relevance of the Old Testament? This is a question we explored last Sunday as we began our series from the book of Hebrews, ‘Fixed on Jesus’. Our reading today is an example of the Apostle Paul’s approach to the Hebrew scriptures. Although writing to Jews and non-Jews, Paul sees the history of … Read More

How to put action to aspiration

Alice YoungFrontPage, News, Pastor

What things do you feel you could do more? Exercise, give, serve, encourage? These are areas of our life we know are good, and if we do more often, good will be increased. In our spiritual life, bible reading and prayer might be on this list. I hear many Christians declare they don’t read the bible or prayer enough. They … Read More

The Already and the Not Yet

Alice YoungFrontPage, News, Pastor

This morning I read the following on a Facebook post: “Two years ago this was our last normal week and nobody knew it.” It’s unsettling to realise how out of reach our ‘normal’ of over two years ago is. Added to that is the anxiety and sadness at the recent crises happening in our own country and abroad. The ashes … Read More

Becoming a Christian is simple.

Alice YoungFrontPage, News, Pastor

It can be tough to join a religion. A brief survey of historical and global practices have people living in complete isolation, strict dietary conditions, lengthy fasts, walking on burning coals. I think the most gruesome is sticking a knife in your eye. Although, I am sure there are more extreme practices. Humanity can be quite creative.  What does the … Read More

Already it is Lent

Alice YoungFrontPage, News, Pastor

Baptist’s don’t do traditions. At least that’s what we tell ourselves. We of course celebrate Easter. Christmas, Sunday services, Communion once a month, quarterly Member’s meetings. Aside from that…  What I think concerns a Baptist about ‘traditions’ is church might become a mindless practice, without authentic faith. There is this danger, but we miss what traditions do offer. Habit, regularity, … Read More

How to put action to aspiration

Alice YoungFrontPage, News, Pastor

What things do you feel you could do more? Exercise, give, serve, encourage? These are areas of our life we know are good, and if we do more often, good will be increased. In our spiritual life, bible reading and prayer might be on this list. I hear many Christians declare they don’t read the bible or prayer enough. They … Read More

How are we going?

Alice YoungFrontPage, News, Pastor

Over the next 3 weeks, our church will take part in the 2021 National Church Life Survey. The well-known survey provides a national perspective on church life in Australia. The survey also provides insight into our own church life as we receive our own church results.  In these changing times, this will be a helpful way to listen to how … Read More

GROW FAITH BY STRETCHING IT 

Alice YoungFrontPage, News, Pastor

When I was a child we sang a lyric, “faith is like a muscle, use it and it will grow”. How do you know your faith muscle is growing? Because you “use it”, the song says.  Faith grows through challenges. We experience how faith in God brings comfort, peace, wisdom, strength. Challenges might come because of loss, sickness, estrangement, sin. … Read More

A MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR 

Alice YoungFrontPage, News, Pastor

As the song chimes, Christmas is “the most wonderful time of the year”. In Australia we may not have kids jingle belling, nor carolling out in the snow, but it is still wonderful. We have gift giving, delicious foods, and summer holidays to come. For those with small children it is especially wonderful. They have so much anticipation. An early rise, present … Read More