Articles (Page 41)

Articles (Page 41)

Doing your democratic duty

It’s not for me to tell you how to vote this coming Saturday but I do want to remind you to think Christianly about your vote.  So to stimulate your thinking let me share three particular ‘gripes’. Gripe number one is that politics in Australia in the last few decades has been less and less about parties and policies and more and more about people and personalities.  A stranger from another country could be forgiven for thinking that the whole…

Elijah

Last Sunday afternoon I spent a wonderful two-plus hours at the Anglican Cathedral in town enjoying a performance of Felix Mendelssohn’s Oratorio, Elijah.  It’s the best twenty dollars I’ve spent for a long time.  The place was packed out with standing room only.  I managed to find a seat in the very front row within arm’s reach of the conductor – the best place from which to listen to this kind of performance.  It was two hours of being absorbed…

Do I have a demon in me…?

Every now and then I am asked by a disturbed Christian whether he or she might be troubled by an evil spirit.  The answer is, “Yes of course!  We’re all troubled by that embodiment of evil personified – Satan.”  As the Apostle Peter says, “The devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.”  And this Enemy of our souls certainly has his helpers to trouble us night and day.  C.S. Lewis gives some helpful insights into…

Adopt an Oma or Opa

There are several countries where grandparents are known by these titles (although our South African folk do spell the words just a little differently.  I was once in a shop and heard a young child call out, “Oma…!”  When I talked to the grandparents I discovered they were Indonesians.  Many years ago I had some Aussie friends who liked the ring of those titles rather than Gran and Pop so they got their grandchildren to call them Opa and Oma.…

Sleep

Sleep is important to us for our physical wellbeing.  It’s the time when the body rests and refreshes itself.  A lack of sleep can create huge issues.  For example, a man suffering from “sleep apnea” finds it much more difficult to handle the challenges that the new days brings.  When that is prolonged then depression and mental breakdown are often the consequences.  Sleep is a gift from God, as some translations of Psalm 127 make clear, “He (God) grants sleep…

Long Story Short

What a challenge it is to condense the teachings of the whole Bible down into some more “manageable proportions” to suit certain needs. I recall that some years ago Readers Digest came out with a condensed Bible – which I don’t think ever caught on.  Serious Bible readers don’t like important things being left out.  Last Tuesday evening the History Channel’s version of The Bible managed to cover from creation to the fall of Jericho in about 90 minutes –…

On being Ecumenical

Last Thursday morning Pastor Andrew and I attended the gathering of the Christian Leaders Network (CLN) here in Toowoomba.  It’s a weekly gathering of pastors and para-church leaders for worship and prayer.  There are generally some forty people that come every Thursday morning although I’ve been to some meetings where there have been more than seventy Christian leaders present. It was great to be able to introduce Pastor Andrew to the other church leaders in Toowoomba and for him to…

Keep it to yourself

This past week I was following a discussion on the Internet about the growth of atheism in Australia. Apparently, according to figures from the latest census, the number of professing atheists in Australia has grown. Our local newspaper triggered the debate by asking whether there was still a future for religion. I must confess that I intensely dislike these kinds of discussions – almost as much as some of the Q&A presentations on the ABC. In the long term they…

Who is it about?

Someone asked whether I still had on file a copy of the “Letters to Keith”, a series of ten letters which were published by the late Rev. Bill Deenick back in the early 90s.  They were written at a time when the CRCA – like so many other churches – was going through the “worship wars”.  I didn’t have my copy anymore.  I suspect that I loaned it out to someone and that they were never returned.  So I contacted…