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Reflections on Easter 2014

Christ in Gethsemane (Michael O’Brien)

I love the Easter season and I’m always sad when it ends. I love the hot cross buns, the music, I love the way that Sydney slows down, I love the autumn weather breaking through the maple tree leaves….the chocolate. Most of all however I love the way that the whole of the Christian community celebrates the one thing that unites us. That old story of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Here are some things that stood out to me personally but also as a church leader this Easter season. Continue reading Reflections on Easter 2014

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Why Men Need to Engage in the ‘Gender Debate’.

A few weeks ago I preached at my church on the ‘Theme of Women in the Gospel of Luke’. It was in the context of a series on Luke but I was still quite anxious. I was worried that I would be seen as getting on my hobby horse and I feared isolating people in my congregation. However I realised that considering that this would be my first time preaching on the topic in a church where I have ministered for ten years, it should be ok! And it was ok. More than that there was a good response and a general feeling that as Christians we have a prophetic declaration to make that the kingdom has come and that this means we are to bring reconciliation to our world so that those living broken lives are inspired by the good news of Jesus.   Continue reading Why Men Need to Engage in the ‘Gender Debate’.