Wilderness comes up regularly in our lectionary readings in Lent. In our Gospel reading for the first Sunday in Lent, Jesus was baptised and a voice from heaven called him the ‘beloved.’ Immediately after this, Jesus was tempted by Satan in the wilderness. In this Sunday’s Old Testament reading the people speak against God and… Read more
Lent is such a difficult season of the Church year to explain to people who do not know the story of Jesus. Bishop Paul Smith shares a message about the heart of the Lenten Season.
We yearn for mountain top experiences. The good news of Jesus explains that he will always be present with us in the highs and lows of life. Bishop Paul Smith writes on the story of the Transfiguration and the hope this brings to the human heart.
“For all God’s bounty to me!” The First Fleet’s chaplain, Richard Johnson, chose this text for first sermon heard on Australian soil. It also gives good guidance for our journey into 2021.
Christmas is Good news of GREAT joy! Bishop Paul Smith highlights a wonderful word in the message of the Angel to the Bethlehem Shepherds, good news of GREAT Joy.
Videos shared at the District Pastor’s Conference are worth sharing. View them here.
About 18 months ago, while flicking through TV channels on Sunday after church, I came across a programme on SBS called ‘Struggle Street.’… I sat stunned, with tears welling up, what hope have they got?
We have real and practical hope through what Christ gives us. How do we respond?
Let’s sing to the Lord with hope. Bishop Paul Smith reflects on two contemporary Christians songs that taught him the meaning and heart of the Christian festival of Advent.
Bishop Paul Smith points to the surprising “unexpected upside down” Kingdom that is ruled over by our Lord Jesus. His power is shown in weakness and his strength is in serving. That is not how mighty kings are portrayed in movies!”
Kintsugi is the ancient Japanese tradition of repairing cracked pottery with real gold. To consider 2020 through the eyes of the Gospel is to know that God has begun regilding our lives with his beauty!