23rd September 2018

It was great to see a such a good turnout from St Judes’ people at the recent New College Lectures (about eight of us came to at least one of the lectures).  I found it stimulating to hear, on the first evening, of the “transhumanist” movement, which seeks to perfect humanity through technology, and on […]

16th September 2018

Together with the Parish Council, I am pleased to announce a new feature to be erected in the cemetery. St Judes’ 150 year history, Summoned by Bells, featured numerous women who have been significant to the parish and the work of the gospel in our region, such as Jane Barker who established St Catherine’s School, […]

9th September 2018

Today the wardens, Parish Council and I would like to give you an update about some of the ideas and plans that have been discussed recently. With our Childcare Centre turning ten, and the last loan repayment due to be made this year, it seemed appropriate to make a significant new investment in the centre.  […]

2nd September 2018

As society becomes more secular, there is naturally less awareness of what Christians believe.  Unfortunately, many still feel quite free to criticise or dismiss what they don’t understand. One misunderstanding has to do with the causes of events like sickness and drought: what is the relationship between “God’s will” and the scientific explanation?  According to […]

26th August 2018

With the momentous events in Canberra last week, it is good to be reminded that as Christians, the very first way for us to participate in democracy is to pray for the governing authorities.  Paul writes to Timothy: “I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people—for […]

19th August 2018

A few weeks back, we began praying in earnest that God would relieve the suffering of those affected by the NSW drought.  Recent forecasts show no immediate prospect of a break in the drought, which means we must persevere in prayer, and wait to see what God will do.  While waiting, we also have an […]

12th August 2018

Today we welcome Dr Greg Clarke from the Bible Society as the speaker at our Annual Parish Lunch.  I am looking forward to connecting with other members and friends of the parish over a lovely meal while receiving encouragement at what God is doing in his world.  If you’re coming along, I hope you enjoy […]

5th August 2018

Our prayers are powerful because we pray to a God who is all-powerful.  He is Lord of his whole creation: both the heavens and the earth on which we dwell.   The Scriptures tell us that “the prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective” (James 5:16). God is in charge of his mission to […]

29th July 2018

Today I commence a new preaching series on Paul’s letter to the Galatians.  It will take almost until Advent to work through its 6 chapters, and I am really looking forward to this journey.  Galatians is most dramatic, being the apostle’s forceful attempt to snatch the Galatian churches back from an error which, he warned […]

22nd July 2018

Reading the Scriptures recently, I was struck by Psalm 5:3: “In the morning, LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly.”                                (NIV) Beginning with prayer is a habit which sets each day in the right context, as a day lived before God, seeking to please […]