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…
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.…
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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…
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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,…
“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?
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 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
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.
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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…
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10am Sunday (all ages)
BBQ after service (first Sunday of the month)
You believe what?
Hope, despair and faith
Known and Loved
Last Sunday recap (John 2:1-12)
Sunday Recap (John 1:19-28)
Last Sunday recap (John 1:1-18)
The destabilising gospel of love
1517 and the urgency of now