Advent 2016 (Week 1 - Jesus is the Promised King)

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 typically holds five candles. During the season of Advent one candle on the wreath is lit each Sunday until all of the candles, including the fifth candle, are lit on Christmas Day. Each candle represents an aspect of the

This is my body, broken

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 and blood, somewhere in Australia a woman’s family gathers around another broken body. The body of a woman killed by her partner. Her body broken. Her blood poured out. Each week as the minister lifts the cloth to reveal

A Review: Black and White Bible, Black and Blue Wife

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 ‘Black and White Bible’, the most horrifying thing is how her husband used Bible verses and Christian language to justify and motivate his abuse of her, specifically the command to a wife to submit to her husband. That’s wh

5 minutes with Tita ...

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 meant the end of my dentistry career due to the difficulties with re-qualification in different countries. I have never been someone who can sit around doing nothing so I managed to use other skills I have and taught langua

6 ways to walk alongside people who commit acts of Family Violence

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. It takes something pretty messed up for a person to threaten, hit, stalk,manipulate or control another member of their family. And my guess is that those messed up behaviours stem from a somewhat messed up life. While

Fixing Our Eyes on Jesus - Theological Surprises (Part 7)

Read part 6 here 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 this book thinking of theology as castor oil that women must swallow because “it is good for us.” On the one hand, I’d be glad even for negative thinking if it moves any of us to get started. But having said that, how sad i

5 minutes with Rose ...

Tell us a little about you 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 another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. I struggle with forgiveness. I struggle to forgive those in my life who hurt me and I struggle to believe that God would forgive my sin. I learnt that ve

My Postcode - 6027

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 launching its Merriwa campus! I believe that so many people will come to know Jesus through the lighthouse that it will be to the community! Seeds have already been planted and it’s so exciting to be apart of what God is

I am the 1 in 5

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 when I see his face on TV. I am the one in five women who sit in Christian churches who has been sexually abused. For me, it was at my church youth group, over a period of years, by a youth leader. So when I hear Donald

Praying for an End to Violence Against Women - White Ribbon Day and Related Occasions

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 response Living God, in your mercy, hear our prayer) A litany for an end to violence – women and girls (with response Come, Holy Spirit!) A form of Confession and Absolution A form of Blessing A list of suggested Bible readi

Fixing Our Eyes on Jesus - Ruby Slipper Theology (Part 6)

Read part 5 of this series here In the Wizard of Oz, homesick Dorothy trudges around the Land of Oz for days with her motley band of friends in search of a way to get back to Kansas and Auntie Em. Not until her wanderings come to a disappointing end in the Emerald City does she discover that the ruby slippers she has been wearing since her first moments in Oz possess the power to take her home. She only has to click her heels. Perhaps one of the most tragic problems women have with theology is when we fail to connect it with what is happening (or has happened) in our lives. It is a problem that, oddly enough, surfaces often in women who describe themselves as avid lovers of theology. They

5 minutes with Trish ...

Tell us a little about you I am a resilience speaker, wife and mother of 3 teenagers. I build resilient faith by sharing keys from my story of having gone to prison and the turnaround afterwards. What's your favourite bible passage & why? Oh, so many. Romans 8:28-29 that God makes all things work together for our good in order to make us more like Jesus (paraphrased of course). How do you keep your eyes fixed on Jesus? I pray that I will be conscious of Him and remember Him when I need to. I often ask Him how He sees things. This is particularly helpful if someone has been awful. I’ve learn the faster I go to Him with an issue, the less hurtful it is. Keeping an honest, sensitive conscience

5 ways to support someone experiencing Family Violence

We’d like to think that Family Violence doesn’t occur within any families near us, but we know all too well that it does. Family Violence is about one (usually male*) partner seeking to exercise power and control over the other (usually female) partner, making her feel vulnerable, afraid, and alone. It can be a very complex dynamic, one that is difficult to discern and remedy. Enlisting the help of a professional is usually a good idea, however, there are still lots of ways that you can help. Here are some ideas. If someone discloses FV to you: listen, listen, listen. Even without doing anything, they’ll feel better that they’re not alone, and that someone else knows. Did I mention listen? A

My Postcode - 2500

Where do you live? Wollongong (photo from our balcony) What do you love about living where you do? Love that the ocean, mountains and the countryside are all in 15 minutes proximity Tell us about something the local church is doing that inspires you ... Our local church is making a difference in the community and we love being involved in that!

Dancing With Max : A Mother and Son Who Broke Free by Emily Colson

I’ve sat down to write this review a number of times but have found myself struggling to find words. So much of my story is this story and it’s hard to put your heart on paper. You see, like Max my son also has Autism. It has been our constant companion since our son was diagnosed eight and a half years ago. Our gorgeous, now ten year old, is classified as Severe on the Autism Spectrum. He is non-verbal, still in pull-ups and doesn’t use utensils to eat. He attends a Special Education School and mostly uses his hands and pictures to communicate. The early years in the journey of special needs are particularly tough ones. Those dreams and thoughts of the future that crash into your mind the m

Fixing Your Eyes on Jesus - Taking Our Theology to Heart (Part 5)

[Read part four of this series here] I never will forget my first communion in Oxford. Prior to that service, I had always felt like one of many during the Lord’s Supper as I served myself from the trays passed down the rows of fellow churchgoers. But the Anglicans, who serve each person separately, singled me out. When the person serving the bread looked me in the eye and said, “This is the body of Christ which was broken for you,” the intimacy of those familiar words bowled me over. Two facts were inescapable— the enormity of my need and the immensity of his love for me. It was staggering and humbling to realise that Jesus suffered and died on the cross because there was no other way to d

5 minutes with Isabelle

Tell us a little about you I am a Football Sports Chaplain. In January 2010 I was the first female Sports Chaplain to be appointed to a Victorian Women’s Football League (AFL) Football Club to VU Western Spurs previously known as VU St Albans Spurs. I am born and raised in Melbourne. Became a Christian in 1980 when Buskers in the city shared with me about the Love of Christ. Since 1980 I have been joyfully serving and ministering in the church, market-place and the broader community. I am married and have three gorgeous adult children. What's your favourite bible passage why? John 17:25-26 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC) O just and righteous Father, although the world has not known Y

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