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.…

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…

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,…

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,…

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…

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…

1517 and the urgency of now

For the most part it feels as if our lives move at warp speed these days. Everything is urgent, instant and measured out in Mbps, likes and strategic plans. Perhaps we’ve bought into the latest mindfulness trends (useful) – though mostly…

What's love got to do with it?

We're about to embark upon a new worship series at Hope entitled "What's love got to do with it?". Apart from the cheesy goodness of using 80's pop song titles each week, we'll be looking to explore what we might mean when we say that "God is…

Prayer Practice #5: Handwriting Scripture/Prayers

During this fortnight, Matt will be posting about some different prayer practices to help us continue our exploration of prayer and fasting. The posts will be short and, for the most part, practically-focused. Handwriting Scripture/Prayers Just…