The Art of Blame-Shifting

1 Samuel Ch. 13 is a fascinating account of blame-shifting. Saul is king and has 3000 fighting men, according to v2. In v3, Jonathan, Saul’s son – the crown prince – defeats a Philistine garrison and the Philistines gather to march on Israel. The Philistines, however, have 30 000 chariots (the equivalent of having tanks […]

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Saul and the Medium of En-dor

In desperate times, many people turn to desperate measures. It was April 1945 – near the end of World War 2.  The telephone rang in Adolf Hitler’s bunker.  It was the Minister of Propaganda on the line, Joseph Goebbels. He spoke to Hitler and he was ecstatic. Although the Allies were pressing from the West, […]

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‘The Fame Monster’: Jesus and Lady Gaga

Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it’ (Matt 10:39) Jesus and Lady Gaga? Should we dare to compare the two? Should we view them as sharing anything in common? Are they both ‘celebrities’? One way to answer this question is to define the meaning […]

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A Short Guide to the Duties of Church Membership

All baptised and confirmed members of the Church must play their full part in its life and witness. That you may fulfil this duty, we call upon you: To follow the example of Christ in home and daily life, and to bear personal witness to Him. To be regular in private prayer day by day. […]

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Growing in giving

I know a Christian family who were really struggling. The wife’s job did not pay very well and the husband’s employer went bankrupt. With two small children, the expenses just kept growing and they started living off their credit card. The husband found another job, but not that well-paying either.  It seemed that they could […]

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How are we unequally yoked?

Can you think of a mismatched partnership? Perhaps Helen Zille and Julius Malema (very different South African politicians) meeting for a cup of tea and a cucumber sandwich?  A Sumo wrestler partnering with petite, ballet dancer on Strictly Come Dancing? A Stormers rugby fan going out with a Sharks supporter?! Alternatively, one could think of […]

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Enduring for the Prize

Arnold Schwarzenegger is a famous actor, businessman, politician, and former professional bodybuilder. He grew up in Austria in humble circumstances and in his teens committed himself to bodybuilding – and to be the best bodybuilder. At age 20 he won the Mr. Universe title. Arnold would train six days a week, twice a day when […]

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News from the Presiding Bishop – March 2019

“He came and preached peace to those who were far away and peace to those who were near. For through Him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit.” (Eph.2:17,18) Once again, the recent mosque attacks in Christchurch have exposed the violent potential of humankind’s sinful depravity.  Even in the haven of peaceful […]

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God’s Word Above All Things?

Article 6 of the 39 Articles of Religion on the “The sufficiency of Holy Scripture for our salvation” says, Holy Scripture sets forth everything that is necessary for our salvation. Consequently, nobody should be required to believe as an article of the Christian faith, or to regard as necessary for salvation, anything that is not […]

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