As I turn the soil, ready to plant my summer vegetable garden I have a reminder of my friend James Haak.
My first computer game had a profound message embedded in it. The game was called “Patton Strikes Back”.
When St Paul’s Lutheran Church, Yandilla, closed its doors on 12 August, it provided an opportunity to help three congregations more than 2000 kilometres away.
1517 was a remarkable year. It was a year in which Martin Luther began challenging the authority of the church to dictate the ‘how’ of Christian living. Luther’s nailing of the 95 Thesis at Wittenberg was a direct response to the hierarchical church’s promotion of ‘earning your way to heaven’. Luther’s emphasis was that the… Read more
It is a bit odd for me to be talking about Christmas when it is still almost two months away. As the shops become more frenzied with Christmas sales, I encourage you to map your own calendar differently, to the one used by the marketing campaigns of the retail industry. The book of Ecclesiastes chapter three,… Read more
What does it mean to be church? This is the question that Pastor David Schmidt, Mission and Ministry Director, asks himself on a daily basis as he works towards growing people deeper in their faith. Pastor Schmidt began his new role seven months ago after a decade of working as the Youth and Family/School Pastor… Read more
Some attribute to St Augustine the saying ‘to sing is to pray twice.’ Whether he said this or not, most of us would agree that music and songs can express the movements of our souls in ways that words cannot. Many people treasure certain hymns or songs because they are associated with periods in which… Read more
Have mercy on US! Grant US your peace! I had the privilege of being the first of the LCA/LCANZ bishops to preach for the morning devotions at our recent Convention of General Synod. Using the story of the “Passover” in the Exodus text that was given to me for the service, I focused the delegates… Read more
‘Follow the voice of the Good Shepherd’, Bishop Paul Smith says as Queenslanders join other Lutherans from across Australia and New Zealand in Sydney this week. About 260 lay delegates and 160 pastor delegates are meeting at Rosehill Gardens, as the 19th LCA General Convention of Synod gets underway. Bishop Paul’s biggest hope is that… Read more
We all need a break from day to day life sometimes, to get away from our busy routines and replenish ourselves. That’s why 11 women, ranging in age from their late 20s to 60s took advantage of the opportunity to spend a relaxing weekend on the Sunshine Coast at the Replenish Women’s Retreat. Held at… Read more