Category: General Secretary

What an idea!

In church a few weeks ago, I encountered a children’s story called What Do You Do With an Idea? It’s by Kobi Yamada and I don’t think it’s particularly new. The...

Jesus is Lord

In recent times I’ve had reason to think about the phrase ‘Jesus is Lord’, one of the earliest and the shortest of Christian creedal confessions. I well remember...

Yes, but… what about Easter

For Easter people, in the season of resurrection, there’s no place for ‘yes, but.’

Obedience is not optional

A long time ago now, I first read a book by Eugene Peterson called A Long Obedience in the Same Direction. It’s a book of Peterson’s reflections on the Psalms of...

The risky business of carrying on

What do we actually need to respond to the challenges of this world?

Goodbye, farewell and Amen

“Goodbye, Farewell and Amen” was the title of the final episode of MASH – the TV show about the Korean War which ran longer than the war itself! And so I come...

How do we take risky steps?

I have a very aged, possibly demented cat. During her whole life, she has taken a cautious approach to thresholds. It’s got worse as she’s aged and now it can take...

Leadership must be lead by change

Synod has come and gone for another 18 months. For some time yet we will be processing decisions and ideas that emerged but, at this stage, the feedback has been...

Paying homage to our ministers

One of the highlights of Synod for me is the ministry recognition service. This year marks 40 years since I candidated for ministry, so perhaps the event will hold even...

Leading with a common purpose

I recently spoke at a men’s fellowship meeting where my topic was ‘Is there a future for the Uniting Church?’ Much conventional wisdom about leadership has assumed...