I haven’t seen the last couple of months as the beginning of an online ministry to the world. The videos that have been produced to substitute for corporate worship are as authentic expression of what we do Sunday by Sunday as we’ve been able to capture. They have been for those who gather with us …

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Sarah Balogh reflects on the evil that befell Hannah Clarke and her children in Brisbane last week from a personal and professional standpoint. When the question revolves around variations of what went wrong for someone to perpetrate such an act we find ourselves trying to make sense of of something that cannot be made sense …

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Wednesdays I meet with local pastors to pray in the morning, and folk from MGPC to pray in the evening. Apart from Sundays my week revolves around these two gatherings. At Gospel Coalition Australia Renee Tan writes about the ways that corporate prayer deepens, focuses and develops our prayer lives. An excerpt: As we articulate …

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The words ‘sermon’ and ‘preaching’ fall out of use in some churches for a variety of reasons, both social and theological. None of the replacement words or phrases really embrace the fulness of God imparting his grace to his people that is the act of a sermon being preached. Whatever it’s called, as long as …

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A thoughtful piece by Rory Shiner about the differences between nominalism and secularism and how the worshipping church responds differently to each. The observation that nominalism (people who identify as Christian without meaningfully following Jesus, while following a form of traditional church observance) and secularism (people who don’t identify as Christian or followers of Jesus, …

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Peter Adam points out that being in pastoral ministry is not being in an environment that automatically promotes growth in Godliness and firewalls the pastor from sin. The opposite is true. Pastoral ministry provides a rich environment of stumbling blocks through which temptation yield the fruit of besetting sin. Pastors can learn and those who …

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Rory Shiner writes a perceptive article about an aspect of ministry that I hadn’t considered, but which makes sense. He poses the idea that the types of activity and attitudes which are great preparation for pastoral ministry differ from the activity and attitudes that usually constitute pastoral ministry. The experience of that difference is not …

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