5 minutes with Julie ...

Tell us a little about yourself Julie Powell, clinical social worker and minister's wife. Mother and grandmother. What's your favourite bible passage & why? Micah 6:8, Psalm 147:3 Both of these are about why I love God because of who he is and therefore who I want to be. They are like summaries of God's relationship with humans. He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6.8 He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. Psalm 147.3 How do you keep your eyes fixed on Jesus? Almost automatic these days, like a homing pigeon. Jesus is my home. With everything I've gone th

What’s the Sermon Structure?

(prepared for the Melbourne Womens’ Preaching Network Event October 2017 at Ridley College) Last time Karen Morris wrote about “What’s the Big Idea” of the sermon. http://www.fixinghereyes.org/single-post/2017/10/02/What%E2%80%99s-the-Big-Idea Now that you’ve worked out the big idea, it is time to decide how to structure the sermon. a. Why is structure needed? Preaching professor Haddon Robinson once quipped, ‘If it is a mist in the pulpit, it’ll be a fog in the pews.’ How true is that! If the preacher is unsure of their big idea, and fuzzy about how to get there in the sermon, the hearers will have no chance of understanding. We’ve all sat through sermons where the preacher’s ideas and st

Sex, consent and #churchtoo

Last year ABC news investigations by journalist Julia Baird revealed the disturbing extent of domestic violence within the Australian Christian church community and abuse perpetrated by clergy husbands. These confronting reports revealed something that is not often acknowledged in church circles – that abuse within relationships can often involve sexual violations alongside physical and emotional abuse. “Sally” told the ABC that, “the abuse quickly escalated as Peter drank, gambled and demanded sex every second night, usually after having yelled at her for hours… If I refused, he would become incandescent with rage. It was easier to give in than argue. Those nights I felt that I was almost b

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