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?

Moderator's Comments - Posted 10 November 2015

As a new Christian at Bible College, no subject impacted me more than Church History. The lecturer, Howard Green, was a superb lecturer. He made the past come alive and I knew nothing about the history of the church so every lecture was an eye opener.

Whether Hegel said it first is debateable, “history teaches us that history teaches us nothing”, the reality is that we neglect history at our peril.   It would be tragic to repeat the history of our denomination as it is being repeated in Scotland and the USA at the moment.

So here follows the personal history of Rev Denis Shelton, repeated here as a reminder, encouragement and a warning.

Moderator's Comments - Posted 30 October 2015

Christians need never to be on the back foot in answering the attacks of atheists and secularists.

The bankruptcy of their position is readily revealed when one examines their empty explanations given to life’s four biggest questions.

What I appreciate most about being a Christian is the Faith’s realistic assessment of the human condition, and its sure diagnosis and assured prescription for humankind’s ills.

Here are life’s four biggest questions:
Where did I come from?
Where am I going?
Why am I here?
How do I live?

Moderator's Comments - Posted 20 October 2015

Much of the debate in the media about fundamentalism and radicalisation would be solved if all involved developed a commitment to responsible hermeneutics.

Hermeneutics is the science of interpretation.

When a solicitor reads a legal deed, words are to be understood literally. When I read the newspaper, I adopt different hermeneutical principles in reading the news items, the comment, the editorial and the comic strip.

Moderator's Comments - Posted 6 October 2015

The October long weekend (3 – 5 October) has been hot in Sydney with temperatures reaching 35 degrees.

Saturday saw the spectacle of a full MCG hosting the AFL Grand Final in which the Hawthorn Hawks dominated the West Coast Eagles, winning by a big margin of 46 points.

Sunday morning began with the GEM commentator in Sydney, unable to establish any objectivity as he grinned in telling us that the Wallabies had overwhelmed the Poms, 33 to 13 and had eliminated them from the World Cup Rugby Quarter finals, being played in England. The word he used continually was, “glee”!

Then came the most wonderful spectacle of the weekend, the NRL Grand Final between two Queensland teams, the Brisbane Broncos and the North Queensland Cowboys, won by the Cowboys, 17 – 16, ably led by that most impressive of sportsmen, Johnathan Thurston and his co-captain, Matt Scott, the Cowboys’ workhorse prop. It was a breath taking match, rugby league at its very best.