The days of December leading up to Christmas are traditionally known as Advent. Advent means ‘coming,’ and the season is used to prepare for the coming of Christmas, where we remember the coming of Jesus. During Advent Christians remember the coming of Jesus as a baby, but also look forward to the return of Jesus at the end of history.
The Advent wreath is a Christian tradition that symbolizes the passage of the four weeks of Advent. It is a circular candle holder that ty
This is my body, broken for you. Do this in remembrance of me. Every Sunday as we gather around the communion table, we hear these words. We remember Christ’s body broken. We remember his blood poured out. We make visible his suffering. And yet, as we gather around that table… as we stand from our seats and walk forward to receive the bread and the wine, I wonder about the suffering that we render invisible. Each week as the church family gathers around its symbols of body
I thought ‘Black and White Bible, Black and Blue Wife’ was a memoir of the abuse Ruth Tucker endured at the hands of her ex-husband, and her subsequent escape from him. However it is more like a polemic for mutual submission, using elements of the author’s story as well as others. And gosh, it’s a terrible story. Tucker is pretty circumspect on the details of the abuse but those she does include and the excerpts from her journals are devastating. For any Christian reading ‘Bl
Tell us a little about you My name is Tita Cook, I was born in Mexico but have had the privilege of living in 5 different countries in the last 30 years. I am the very proud mother of two amazing sons who are 26 and 24 years old. I originally studied dentistry, specialised in paediatric dentistry and worked lecturing under and post graduate dentistry students as well as worked in my own surgery. Having married a South African man, his job took us around the world and this mea
Thankfully there has been increased focus on the problem of family violence, both inside and outside the church in recent years. Around one in six women will experience family violence at some point in their lives, and one in twenty men 1 . The statistics for Christian families are similar. And while victims of family violence certainly need a great deal more support than they are currently getting, people who are committing the acts of violence are just as needy of support.
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In my journey to become a better theologian, I have met two surprises. The first was the discovery that contrary to what we might expect, theology is not drudgery (like math homework or Saturday chores) but an enterprise overflowing with joy. The second was the realisation that the state of my theology matters a lot, not just to me but to my friends, my family, and also my church.
Few things would sadden me more than for anyone to come away from reading thi
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I was born in Kenya and grew up there. My parents sent me to Australia to study. The plan was for me to get a good education, work for a little while then go back home. I haven’t got around to the “going back home” bit. I work full time helping academics manage their funding so that they can achieve their teaching and research goals. And I enjoy what I do.
What's your favourite bible passage & why?
Ephesians 4:32 Be kind and compassionate to one
Where do you live? Joondalup What do you love about living where you do? I love being so close to the ocean. Watching the sunset, seaside journalling, having a swim, meeting a friend or going for a run are all things that keep me my body mind and spirit well. Every time I come down, I am reminded of God’s majesty, His beauty and His immeasurable power. Tell us about something the local church is doing that inspires you ... My home church - True North - is just days away from
Elections are complex. People vote for a variety of reasons and most of them are not stupid. There’s anger and hurt and fear and disillusionment in the USA, and apparently it’s widespread enough to elect Donald Trump. Here I don’t want to discuss how it happened, and I’m not that interested in blaming the voters. I want to tell you how it feels to me that this man is about to be exalted to the highest office of the most powerful nation on earth. I want to tell you how I feel
The Liturgy Commission offers the following resources, in addition to those provided in A Prayer Book for Australia, to help individuals and groups pray for an end to violence against women. The Millennium Development Goals and White Ribbon Day are two of many initiatives which focus on the plight of women and girls among the most vulnerable in every society. A litany of lament (with response we cry out to you: bring justice) A litany for transforming relationships (with resp