ANZAC Day – Learning from a Futile Battle

ANZAC Day 2015 is a particularly poignant moment for Australia and New Zealand; 100 years since the ill-fated Gallipoli landings. It’s not uncommon to hear people observe that “ANZACism” has become something of a national religion. The increased numbers of young Australians travelling abroad in the 1980s led to more and more turning up on […]

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Achan. Trouble for the Nation?

In my regular Bible reading with the Ouldlets we have reached Joshua. It’s a cracker of a book, beginning with the approach to Jericho, its defeat, and the subsequent conquest of the Land. At the start of chapter 7 we came across Achan… Josh. 7:1   But the Israelites disobeyed the command about the city’s riches. Achan […]

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The Freedom of Speech

Words are incredibly powerful things.  From the very beginning it is words that have exerted enormous influence in our universe. Gen. 1:3   And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. The power of words is, in some way, linked to the power of the one speaking. I can’t stand in my darkened office […]

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The immoral and irresponsible scourge of payday lending

One of the most damaging influences upon the more vulnerable communities amongst us is the terrible scourge of payday lending. If you’re not aware, this is the practice of making short-term loans in anticipation of the next “pay day”. The loans incorporate a very large “administration” or “establishment” fee and then high interest. The overall […]

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“do not be afraid…”

It must have been an incredible experience for those shepherds on the hills outside Bethlehem. Huddled around the fire for warmth they had no idea what was about to happen… Luke 2:9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. These days, […]

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Let There Be Light

early, but not untimely: Eternal God, in the stillness of this night you sent your almighty Word to pierce the world’s darkness with the light of salvation: give to the earth the peace that we long for and fill our hearts with the joy of heaven through our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen. John 1:1 In […]

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