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Resurrection and Mary (John 20:1-18)

“But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb.” – John 20:11   It felt like an ending It seemed like failure Even her grief was being denied as the body was now gone.   She stands as witness in her tears She stands…
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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…

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…

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…

An inclusive church?

Anyone is welcome to come to church. Anyone is welcome to come to our church at Hope. Black, white, Tongan, Korean, Anglo, student, retired, gay, bi, straight, depressed, confused, excited, addicted, uncertain, young, old, child (actual…

Fasting: Learning to Desire Differently

Consumer culture has shaped us into a people who have almost no limits on our desires. Indeed, our current political system treats purchasing more and more things as a right—nay, a responsibility!— one that ensures the economy is successful. Political…

Praying the Psalms

As a congregation we're taking up the challenge to pray and fast for the next three months as we listen for God's message to us. There's a range of ways you might choose to engage with this challenge - after all, we are each in difference spaces…

Prayer and Fasting

It has been a fruitful period of learning for us as a church to consider holiness. Not as a special virtue for us to aspire to; but as a fundamental calling and marker of all who would follow Christ. And therein lies the major clue - it is primarily…

Reflections on Love

Yesterday I spent the day in prayer in Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s office. Along with my companions I refused to leave, unless we had an assurance from the Prime Minister that the detention centres in Nauru and Manus Island would…