Sunday Reflections

What it means to be an inclusive church of people who are sexually different

Sunday, September 19, 2021

I have been a minister in the Uniting Church for over 40 years and one of the groups of people I have had particular pastoral care of is the LGTBIQA members of the Uniting Church. This was the focus of my D.Min dissertation which I completed in 2001.   The title was “Can the Church listen?: listening to the voices...
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Missionary Methods: St Paul’s or Ours?

Sunday, September 12, 2021

The Great Commission refers to the final passage in the Gospel of Matthew where Jesus Christ urges the apostles to make “disciples of all the nations” and “baptise” them. The word “disciple,” which is “mathetes” in Greek, literally means “pupil” but also “follower,” as in “follower of Jesus.”  I prefer the term apprentice. The Great Commission, therefore, is usually interpreted to mean...
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Jesus is confronted by an Indigenous woman and her people are included in the Kingdom

Sunday, September 05, 2021

To start with it is important to have an overview of the nature of Mark’s Gospel. 1.Part one: For Mark Jesu’s ministry was in Galilee which is a multicultural society.  From a Jewish perspective we know that from Nathaniel’s remark in Jn 1:46 “Can anything good come out of Nazareth (in Galilee)”2.Part two: Today’s Gospel marks the end of Jesus’ special...
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