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Peter and my failure

Peter in the courtyard is perhaps the centre of the discipleship journey for me. Certainly, Jesus upon the cross remains the mystical heart of faith – central to the mystery and passion of divine reconciliation. But for my own journey in seeking to follow Jesus, there is a profound broken beauty in Peter’s courtyard moment. […]

You believe what?

What do you believe about Jesus? Even writing these words sounds like an invitation to a theological conference. But rather than asking what theories or ideas I might hold, the question bouncing around in my head is “in what ways does my life reflect my commitment to follow Jesus?”   What are the things that […]

Hope, despair and faith

Many years ago I was part of a theology reading group. We set out to read The Crucified God by German theologian Jürgen Moltmann. It was a challenging read, but has been foundational for me.   Moltmann experienced God as a prisoner-of-war. He had been a German soldier at the end of World War II. […]

Known and Loved

At our recent meeting, the Hope Uniting Church Council reflected on who we are as a congregation community. One of the things that was named in our discussion was the importance of people being acknowledged and known as individuals, each bringing our own story and gifts to the community. This being known reflects our experience of […]

Last Sunday recap (John 2:1-12)

The gospel of John leads us on a merry dance in trying to pin this Jesus down. John seems to make definitive and dramatic statements “The Word of God!” or “the light of the world!”. Powerful images that spark something within in us, and yet leave us with more questions.   Last week’s reading (John […]

Sunday Recap (John 1:19-28)

“Who are you?” the people come to ask John. In response John points them towards the One who will make all things new: Behold the lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. Who is this Christ, already among them? The light shining in the darkness that cannot be overcome. The love […]

Last Sunday recap (John 1:1-18)

How do we know God? Specifically, how do we know the God who we see revealed in Jesus Christ? The opening to John’s gospel is a powerful mash-up using Jewish wisdom literature, Greek philosophy and even some of Genesis chapter 1, to create an incredibly evocative vision about the Word of God. This Word of […]

Prayer Practices

On Prayer- “Prayer is taking a chance that, against all odds and past history, we are loved and chosen.” Ann Lamott “To clasp the hands in prayer is the beginning of an uprising against the world.” Karl Barth “We pray because our life comes from God and we yield it back. Prayer is the great […]

The destabilising gospel of love

Throughout my ministry I’ve found that people either love John’s Gospel for its strong claims about who Jesus is, or have found the whole thing mystifying for its long winded and dense style AND its polarising claims around Jesus. This gospel certainly takes some unpacking. It is bold and uncompromising, and it is full of […]