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Month: May 2009

Walking Together (Ephesians 4:1-16)

Unity is very important. But what is it really, and how is it achieved?

Sermon preached on 24 May, 2009, at St Michael’s Anglican…

Get with the Program (Ephesians 3)

What do you want to be when you grow up?

Sermon preached on 17 May, 2009, at St Michael’s Anglican Cathedral, Wollongong at 7pm.

The Bible doesn’t say

A few weeks ago, Bobby died. It happened quite quickly. On Thursday, he was sitting merrily on his perch. On Friday, he was shivering and looking pretty unimpressed with life. On Saturday morning, he was standing on the floor of the cage with his eyes half open, rocking back and forth. At lunchtime, when the kids and I took him to the vet, he had decided it would be best to have a little lie down. The vet was kind but decisive.

We took Bobby home in a very small plastic bag. There were tears. My wife’s former history teacher (that’s a whole other story) dug a hole in the backyard, and another friend of ours found a little mournful-looking stone dog to act as headstone. Family, friends and the former history teacher prayed together that God would comfort us in our loss.

Then came the inevitable question from the 6-year-old: “Is Bobby in heaven now?” Hmm. I know that there will be a new, physical creation (Isa 65:17), and it seems like the new creation will contain, at the very least, contented wolves, baby sheep, lions, cattle and humiliated snakes (Isa 65:25). But will there be a spiritual continuity of identity between the Bobby we knew and a particular budgie in the hereafter? There didn’t seem to be enough biblical data to form a meaningful answer. So I answered as I only could: “The Bible doesn’t say”.

Peace in Our Time (Ephesians 2:11-22)

Could true peace between different peoples ever be possible? What does it have to do with Jesus? Preached by Lionel Windsor at St Michael’s…

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