Moderator's Comments - Posted 13 May 2016

The Sermon on the Mount is not a list of duties for us to tick off, rather they are the qualities which have God's tick of approval, these are the ways His redeemed are to live.

'Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied'. (Matthew5:6) God's people have a passion for both personal and communal godliness.

This beatitude is related to the one about those who mourn for the state of the world (Matthew5:4) and to those who are concerned to have live in purity (Matthew5:8).

Moderator's Comments - Posted 25 April 2016

There is a college in Oxford dating back to 1379 which has the audacity of being called, New College.

Travelling in the UK, one has a sense of one’s own mortality being surrounded by buildings 700 or even more years old.

In Australia, 100 is quite an achievement and 150 is remarkable since white settlement dates back to 1778, 228 years ago, we get few opportunities to have the sense of the briefness of our lives.

Moderator's Comments - Posted 13 April 2016

I have just been to an Emergency Meeting of the NSW General Assembly, which met at Roseville Presbyterian Church on Wednesday, 6 April 2016.

The issue, to test the appropriateness of the NSW Trustees’ suspension of the Council of Scots College, Sydney and to appoint a Management Committee to govern the College until the 2017 General Assembly.  Some argued that the Trustees’ action was appropriate, others, that it was inappropriate.

Members of our churches often write to me about issues they would like me to solve, but the reality is that the Moderator is the chairman, in my case of the General Assembly of Australia, and I have no more or less authority than a Teaching Elder in the local church.

Moderator's Comments - Posted 6 April 2016

I have had punctuality bred into me, even now, if I am meeting my sisters, I know they will be at least 10 minutes early and sometimes I am even earlier.

Some people are habitually late, I am habitually early.

Oscar Wilde said that he was always late on principle, the principle being that punctuality is the thief of time. Evelyn Waugh believed punctuality to be the virtue of the bored, those who have nothing better to do than to be on time.

The writer of Hebrews says that there is an appointment we will all meet, none will be either early or late:

Moderator's Comments - Posted 29 March 2016

Wee Waa’s boom years were the mid 1960’s to the mid 1980’s, there was plenty of water, and cotton, as an Australian industry, was in its infancy.

American farmers led by Paul Kahl and Frank Hadley, two Christian men from California, were instrumental in establishing the industry, centred on Wee Waa.

Wee Waa Presbyterian was our first parish. We ministered there from February 1976 to December 1981. This last Easter we had the joy of going back to lead the Easter services.

How things have changed!