DEVOTION: The Rich Man and Lazarus

Luke 16:19-31In society today, there is a preoccupation with being successful, or at least gaining much wealth. And not necessarily with wealth or success that is earned. For example, the Australian love of gambling is well noted. But even if weren’t, there are many...

DEVOTION: The Roller Coaster of Emotions

Luke 19:41-48Life at times can be a roller coaster of emotions. We can go from great joy to the depths of despair. We can find themselves on cloud nine with the discovery of true love (I’m a hopeless romantic) to being really at the bottom—because of the loss of a...

SERMON: The Church: Rites of Passage

Matthew 28:19-20aA. INTRODUCTION1. Our Ever-Changing WorldIn an ever-changing world, nothing stays the same for very long. In a little over fifty years we’ve seen some dramatic changes: TVs have gone from black and white, to colour, to stereo, to digital and now to...

SERMON: Celebrating the Harvest

Exodus 23:16A. INTRODUCTIONHarvest time is an opportunity to consider the variety of God’s provision. It’s a chance to thank God for his abundant goodness to us—for some of the basic things he provides for us for daily living and our continued well-being. It’s also a...

SERMON: Knowing and Experiencing our Trinitarian God

2 Corinthians 13:14A. INTRODUCTION1. PuzzlesWe seem, at times, to be a nation who loves puzzles. Indeed, some like traditional jigsaw puzzles and spend hours putting all the pieces together. Others prefer those wooden puzzles where you need to fit all the pieces...

UPDATE: The New Covenant . . . and Beyond

The New CovenantThis week, I have completed my reviews of the fifth, and final book, in the series A Twenty-First-Century Bible and have lodged the manuscript for publication. It has passed the initial content evaluation (to check for potential breaches of copyright)...