Posts by Des Smith

Posts by Des Smith

Crazy Busy

We’re all so busy. When someone asks you how you are, I bet at least one of your common answers is, ‘Busy!’ In fact, ‘Busy!’ has become such a standard response that we now need to put modifiers in front of it just to convey the desired sense: ‘Really busy,’ ‘Super busy,’ ‘Crazy busy.’ Just saying ‘busy’ doesn’t communicate anything anymore—everyone’s busy! Crazy busy.…

Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day! To all the mums reading this, we hope you have a lovely day and are thoroughly spoilt for all the hard work you do. Where does Mother’s Day come from? Its origins are in the medieval festival of Mothering Sunday, in which people were urged once a year to return to their ‘mother church’ in their home town and give thanks for its foundational…

Good Works vs Evangelism?

I’ve sometimes wondered why Jesus spent so much time doing ‘good works’—caring for the poor, healing, etc.—as well as preaching the gospel. It’s not that I’m against good works—I like a good work as much as the next guy! It’s just that it doesn’t seem to quite ‘fit’ what Jesus was about. Jesus is crystal clear that the biggest problem humans face is sin and the…

Easter: April Fools?

What does Good Friday remember? For Christians, of course, it commemorates the death of Jesus on the cross for our sins. It’s the moment when, decisively, Jesus turned aside the wrath of God from those who deserve it—us—and turned it on himself, who didn’t deserve it. Yet he did this willingly, under no compulsion from his heavenly Father, because of his and his Father’s…

How To Vote

On Saturday 17th March, South Australians will head to the polls to elect our next State Government. Who should Christians vote for? I’d love to give you a ‘How to Vote’ card, if I thought the Bible provided definitive answers. But whilst it doesn’t, it does provide clear guidance about the principles we should apply to voting. In a useful article, John Dickson gives us…

Who Looks After Me?

Who is the person primarily responsible for looking after me at church? The first answer many people would give to this question is ‘the pastor.’ This makes good sense: pastors work in church to look after people, and the word ‘pastor’—‘shepherd’, one who looks after and protects a flock of sheep—implies that this should be part of their job. There is Biblical warrant for…

Children Of God

We all take our parents for granted, don’t we? They feed us, clothe us, house us, send us to school, ferry us around town, teach us to work, help us with our mortgage, babysit the grandkids, and just generally make life possible for at least the first two decades of our lives. And what do we give them in return? A kiss on the way out the door and a card on Mother’s or…