Category: General Secretary

Abundant life is coming

For most of the year, Jacarandas are pretty quiet and unassuming trees, but come November – my goodness! – what a glorious, purple, joy-filled Advent shout! They...

Made by God out of hope and imagination

Someone, reflecting on the foundational documents of the Uniting Church (UCA), once said to me that the UCA is ‘perfectly designed’ for stasis. He...

Faith requires courage and imagination

When we talk about faith and calling, we often do so from the perspective of the individual and we talk about ‘my’ faith and ‘my’ calling. However, ‘my’...

How to live a Jesus-shaped life this Lent

The problem with ‘leadership’ – which we talk about a lot in the UCA and usually in terms of lament – is that it is too easy, too tempting to lose sight that the...

Preparing hearts for what lies ahead

Phew! It’s the end of the year at last! As far as I can gather everyone’s tired. People are looking forward to the beach, the cricket, to reading trashy novels and...

Do or do not, there is no…

Five weeks before the actual event of Synod 2017, I’m writing this column for the post-Synod edition of Insights magazine (out on 22 October). At this moment, I...

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...