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I’m Tired … But God Isn’t.

2020 has aged me. Although I am someone who fights hard for autonomy, the past seven months have exposed the delusions of my self-sufficiency. 2020 has shaken my idols of comfort and control, and my own throne too. There are days where I have dissolved into a child-like mess, dramatically begging Simba (my Maltese Shitzu) to live forever and to never leave me behind… 2020 has shaken my idols of comfort and control Although overcoming COVID-19 once seemed a possibility in Australia, the reality of the second wave has been discouraging to say the least. Just yesterday, borders closed, church openings were...

Episode 49: Kim Gibson

All of a sudden the penny dropped. Oh! It doesn’t depend on me! … Jesus is completely sufficient where I am insufficient! He was completely perfect where I am imperfect! Kim Gibson grew up on a farm in country New South Wales. For the past eight years she has been working in university ministry with the Australian Fellowship of Evangelical Students (AFES). At present and for the past four years, her work has been at the University of Queensland in Brisbane. Kim is married to Richard, Principal of Brisbane School of Theology and together they attend Moorooka Presbyterian Church. Kim...

To Our Daughters on their 16th Birthdays

Not too long ago, our second eldest child turned 16. With her elder sister just 21 months ahead of her, ushering in a second learner driver feels like déja vu of the craziest kind. While we steel ourselves for another 100 learner hours on the road—and all the grey hairs and mini heart attacks that go with that experience—it does allow for some precious extra hours with our child. Somehow that L plate reminds us daily that we have so little time left with this child who is teetering on the precipice of adulthood. It was with this thought in...

Why I Still Read the Bible

I have been a Christian for over forty years, and I still read the Bible. Sometimes with more spiritual focus, and sometimes with less. I hate it when my Bible reading is rushed, but that does happen at least a few times a week. My Bible reading might be directed towards a sermon I am preparing in a few weeks’ time, but equally I might be reading a book of the Bible because it has been a long time since I last made my temporary home there. The passage might be long and meandering, or alternatively short and sharp. I...

Episode 48: Sue Abbott

It doesn’t matter how fast we run or what we do, we can’t change the long term plan of God, nor is there any need to. Sue Abbott is married to Stephen, and has three adult children.  She has happily supported her husband through his theological study and his work in Sydney Anglican Churches.  She delights in hospitality ministry, and is now travelling around Australia with Stephen in their retirement teaching the Everyday Evangelism. One of Sue’s favourite Bible passages is Psalm 46:10 “Be Still and know that I am God.” She says, “It is a great reminder that I...

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