Moderator's Comments - Posted 22 March 2016

Toplady’s hymn expresses it well:

“Nothing in my hand I bring,
Simply to thy cross I cling;
Naked turn to you for dress;
Helpless look to you for grace;
Foul I to the fountain fly;
Wash me, Saviour, or I die.”

By dying on that cross, Jesus won our salvation.

To do so, Jesus had to live a perfect life with no taint of sin, even his enemies had nothing of which they could accuse him, except that he ate with the wrong types of people. He had no sin of His own for which to die. Our sin was laid on him,

“we all like sheep have gone astray
Each of us has turned to his own way
And the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.” (Isaiah 53:6)

Alasdair Paine wrote recently,

Moderator's Comments - Posted 17 March 2016

We only watch quality TV at our place and so, were saddened at the concluding of the series, ‘Im a celebrity get me out of here’.

We became involved in the lives of the celebrities and especially enjoyed the interplay between hosts, Julia Morris and Chris Brown.

In one episode, celebrity Shane Warne had an African spider placed in the palm of his hand for 30 seconds. Shane explained that he suffered from arachnophobia and this was the hardest thing he had had to do in his life.

Moderator's Comments - Posted 1 March 2016

I live in Sydney, a beautiful city, what a pleasure to show friends from overseas around the harbour, the beaches and the mountains.

And yet, like all believers, my home is the eternal city which is above.

The writer of the Hebrews reminds his readers “For here we do not have an enduring city, but we are looking for the city that is to come” (Hebrews 13:14). The whole book of Revelation is focussed on the future city, where there will be no more tears, death, mourning, crying or pain (Revelation 21:4).  The apostle Paul alludes to Isaiah when he speaks of our future hope, “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him” (1 Corinthians 2:9).

Moderator's Comments - Posted 16 February 2016

On Friday 12 February, at the invitation of the Australian Christian Lobby, I joined a delegation to meet Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, in his Sydney office.  It was agreed that we confine our remarks to the issue of the plebiscite regarding single gender marriage which will be held, in the event of a coalition victory, soon after the next Federal election.

The issues which concerned us were:

  • The framing of the question to be answered in the plebiscite.  Would we have input into this so that it did not unfairly encourage the preferred response of either side?
  • The question of religious freedom both during and after the debate, if the plebiscite is lost.
  • If the Commonwealth was  to provide funding for campaigns, how would such funding be allocated?  The campaign in favour of single sex marriage in Ireland outspent the traditional campaign, 15 to 1.
  • When will the proposed Bill to change the Marriage Act and enable the plebiscite, be available?
  • Will the PM do all in his power to ensure equal access to media for both sides of the argument?

The PM was warm and engaging and assured us that he was interested in matters of spirituality and, “enjoys a good homily”.

Moderator's Comments - Posted 8 February 2016

I am starting 2016 preaching at a conference called Sweatcon, being held in the south western suburbs of Sydney. The theme of the conference is, Discipleship in Mission and I will be speaking on Jesus’ answer to the fourth, of the four most fundamental questions of life:

• Where did I come from?
• Where am I going?
• Why am I here?
• How do I live?

In Matthew’s gospel, chapters 5 to 7, Jesus answers that fourth question in the Sermon on the Mount.