Moderator's Comments - Posted 8 February 2016
I am starting 2016 preaching at a conference called Sweatcon, being held in the south western suburbs of Sydney. The theme of the conference is, Discipleship in Mission and I will be speaking on Jesus’ answer to the fourth, of the four most fundamental questions of life:
• Where did I come from?
• Where am I going?
• Why am I here?
• How do I live?
In Matthew’s gospel, chapters 5 to 7, Jesus answers that fourth question in the Sermon on the Mount.
In October, 2017 we will celebrate the 500th Anniversary of Martin Luther’s attachment of his 95 theses for debate, to the large doors of Wittenberg Cathedral in Germany.
Luther, an Augustinian monk, had felt the gates of paradise open to him when he understood Romans 1:17 the righteousness of God as that righteousness which He does not require but that which He provides through faith in His Son, Jesus Christ.
Moderator's Comments - Posted 28 January 2016
The citation said that General Morrison was selected for his commitment to “gender equality, diversity and inclusion”.
During the preamble to the presentation of his award, it was noted that Mr Morrison is now chair of the Diversity Council of Australia.
During the speeches, the word “diversity” was repeated again and again, and so I googled some of Australia’s largest companies including the banks, and found they each have Diversity Officers. The role of a Diversity Officer is to ensure that difference is respected and that no one is hindered from progress in the organisation because of their gender, race, religion or sexual preference. That all sounds beneficial but then I wondered, if I worked in the bank and began to faithfully, sensitively evangelise my workmates, would I be reported to the Diversity Officer and called in for reorientation? Would I be able to express moral convictions or would that call for some re-education by the Diversity Office? And, what if the re-education doesn’t work, does that mean that I don’t work?
Moderator's Comments - Posted 14 January 2016
Australia normally goes to sleep while we holiday for the five weeks after Christmas, undisturbed except by the latest cricket scores calmly delivered to us by Richie Benaud. That has not been the case this year, the standard of cricket has been poor, Richie is no longer with us and the following events have turned our minds to more disturbing matters: the resignation of two Federal ministers, Mal Brough and Jamie Briggs; the Chris Gayle interview involving journalist Mel McLaughlin; the ongoing drought in Western Queensland and NSW while NSW spends $7 million on fireworks on New Year’s Eve; the reports of widespread sexual harassment in Cologne, Germany on New Year’s Eve; North Korea’s “hydrogen” bomb test, the beginning of the cyclone season with Vanuatu once again being in the path, this time of Cyclone Ula.
Moderator's Comments - Posted 23 November 2015
I have noticed that articles on Facebook are often headlined: “Three reasons why…..” or “Four ways to …. “ or 5 key thoughts on ….”.
So I thought I would finish this year in that vein: Two big issues… A one word answer?
Having now been back in parish/pastoral work for four years, I find that there are two issues that often crop up and they are each answered by one truth.
The first is the issue as to whether Jesus’ life and work is enough to make us right with God, or, that His work needs to be supplemented by our good works. The issue sometimes expresses itself as, are we saved through faith in Jesus’ work plus nothing or faith in Jesus’ work plus our faithfulness?