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Living Wisely In A Crazy Busy World

Time is short, time is money, time flies when you’re having fun and it drags when you’re feeling bored. You can waste it, you can bide it, you can lose it, you can find it, you can save it, you can even kill it. But in a crazy busy world, it seems that the one thing you can never do is get your time back. This simple reality calls for great wisdom, which isn’t a…

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.…

The Help And The Helper

Psalm 121 A song of ascents. 1 I lift up my eyes to the mountains— where does my help come from? 2 My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. 3 He will not let your foot slip— he who watches over you will not slumber; 4 indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. 5 The Lord watches over you— the Lord is your shade at your right…

Upholding Singleness

Song of Songs is a beautiful book that millions of Christians, both single and married, have read and studied with great profit. However, for some—and in particular those not currently in a relationship—it can be difficult. In any church family there will be folk who are single—those who have never been married, and those who were married and are now single. Due to a…

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…

Comparing Easter & Anzac Day

This year I have found myself comparing and contrasting the events that sit behind the two major public holidays in April. That is, Easter and Anzac Day. Both are recognised on the national stage, both are times that trigger thousands to gather, and both derive their significance from the sacrificial giving of life for the sake of others. In recent years, Anzac Day has…

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…

Hate The Sin, Love The Sinner

Imagine, after a long day, I drive home to find that the only thing remaining where my house once stood was its smouldering remains! And standing outside was my child holding a sign saying: ‘Hate the sin, love the sinner!’ It is one thing to recognise that sin is bad—in fact it’s so self-evident that there’s no chance it wouldn’t be seen! Yet it is a whole new level of…