My passion is to preach Christ from all of Scripture. Should you wish to listen, I invite your reflection (and comments if you wish) as to whether the words you hear bear His character. Are they, like him, “full of grace and truth”? (John 1:14)

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Wanting more

  • Series: Close encounters of the divine kind #3 of 3
  • Scripture: Dan 10
  • Location: St Paul's Cooma
  • The power, the love, the goodness and the favour of God made known to his servant at a time when deep assurance was so needed.
  • God most reveals his glory, power, love, grace, and mercy to those who are empty and desperate .. and know it.

I’m finished!

  • Series: Close encounters of the divine kind #2 of 3
  • Scripture: Isa 6:1-8
  • Location: St Paul's Cooma

At a time of despair, Isaiah encounters God’s glory, his own great guilt, and God’s extraordinary mercy.

A big catch

  • Series: Invitations to faith
  • Scripture: Lk 5:1-11
  • Location: St Paul's Cooma

A carpenter’s kid from the arid hills tells a seasoned sea fisherman how to do his job. Instead of telling him off, the fisherman obeys and takes the haul of his life. Jesus has been described as “the man you can’t ignore”. His earthly life demonstrated that he was indeed God’s king in God’s world. If you recognise that, he will expose your impurity. But he’ll also invite you to join him in fishing for people.

Don’t forget to tremble

  • Series: Close encounters of the divine kind #1 of 3
  • Scripture: Exod 19:1-19;20:18-21
  • Location: St Paul's Cooma

Beginning a short series featuring instances in the Old Testament where people encounter God at close range. (Acknowledgements to Dr Don Carson for the idea and some of the content). The ‘Sinai theophany’, described here in Exodus, invites us both to marvel at God’s graciousness and tremble at his holiness.

The place of faith in an insecure world

  • Series: Habakkuk #3 of 3
  • Scripture: Hab 3
  • Location: St Paul's Cooma

“Faith”, according to the Bible, is living today (and facing the future) in light of who God is and what he has done. That’s what Habakkuk demonstrates in the personal prayer and affirmation that concludes his prophecy on the fate befalling the people of Judah. Even in the absence of any visible or tangible sign of God’s favour, this man will rejoice. That is faith.

How can God use evil to achieve his purposes?

  • Series: Habakkuk #2 of 3
  • Scripture: Hab 2
  • Location: St Paul's Cooma

Having lodged his complaint at God’s injustice (in allowing Babylon to lay waste the kingdom of Judah), Habakkuk waits for the Lord’s response. The response is not a rebuke, but a gentle disclosure of his purposes for history. God can use evil for his purposes because he is eternal and all-powerful, whereas evil is passing and limited. Evil won’t exhaust, or outlast, God – or his plans or his purposes. He will have the last word. Evil will have only a season. His glory will fill everything. Evil will have an end. And those who last will be those who live by faith.

Does God care when life’s not fair?

  • Series: Habakkuk #1 of 3
  • Scripture: Hab 1
  • Location: St Paul's Cooma

Beginning a mini-series from the prophetic book of Habakkuk, on the general theme of God’s sovereignty when bad things happen. Here in chapter 1 the prophet plays all the parts: observer of evil and injustice, questioner of God (why? and how long?), and yet also spokesman for the Lord’s response. Despite appearances, God is the Power behind the power (of the Babylonian forces) and the Purpose behind the purpose.

Loving God’s people, God’s way

  • Series: Loving, God's way [1 Peter] #3 of 3
  • Scripture: 1 Pet 4:7-11
  • Location: St Paul's Cooma

Final in a mini-series on Loving, God’s way from 1 Peter. “Above all” commands is this command that God’s people should love eachother earnestly. But that love of itself is not the final goal. The final goal is that more people will give God more glory through praise. That’s the goal of all Christian living. Love eachother through hospitality and humble service, so that God will receive all the glory.

A Robber in Paradise

  • Series: Invitations to faith
  • Scripture: Lk 23:32-43
  • Location: St Paul's Cooma

No one likes it when the bad guy wins. But suppose you knew yourself to be the bad guy? What if you know the honest truth the Apostle Paul confessed (Romans 7:15-20), that

I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. …

If you know that to be true, then you need the mercy of forgiveness. And if, like the second of the two guilty men who hung on crosses beside Jesus, you turn to the crucified Jesus today, or any day, confess your guilt, admit that he has the power to release you from the sentence of death you deserve, and ask him for that mercy — then he will give you the right to live forever in Paradise, in the presence of God.

Loving the world, God’s way

  • Series: Loving, God's way [1 Peter] #2 of 3
  • Scripture: 1 Pet 2:11-17
  • Location: St Paul's Cooma

As we engage a challenging public national conversation through the plebiscite and what lies beyond, now is a good time to reflect from the Scriptures on how we as believers should engage with the world. We love the world God’s way by living respectfully, even in the face of opposition; by respecting civil authorities as instruments of God’s order; and by continuing to learn humility in the fear of God.