Month: May 2009

  • Is God Green #3: God and the Future of the World

    An inconvenient truth? Whatever you think about global warming, you can’t ignore it. It’s already the subject of Hollywood blockbusters. Take the move, The Day After Tomorrow, based on the fear of massive natural disasters caused by climate change. The Day After Tomorrow is, of course, fiction. But ex-American presidential Candidate Al Gore’s movie, An […]

  • 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 Cathedral, Wollongong at 7pm.

  • 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”.

  • The worst role model in history?

    My post on the Sola Panel yesterday: The [incident] involving rugby league personality Matthew Johns was predatory, degrading and offensive, federal Sports Minister Kate Ellis says … “I think that’s offensive and inappropriate for our sporting role models.” But where does that leave the Apostle Paul? The comment quoted above is typical of the huge […]

  • Debating order in the Trinity

    I’m involved in a debate about eternal order in the relationship between Father, Son and Spirit at my friend’s blog: davidould.net | A question for the egalitarians. The relationships in the Godhead have implications for relationships between men and women (e.g. 1 Corinthians 11:2-16) I’m learning a lot through this debate; if you’ve got a […]

  • 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 Anglican Cathedral, Wollongong, on 10 May, 2009 at 7pm.

  • Is God Green #2: God, the World and Jesus

    A shorter version of this article is available on webSalt, a publication of the Australian Fellowship of Evangelical Students. STARK Have you ever heard of a genre of novel or movie called ‘apocalyptic’? Most books or movies, especially from Hollywood, have a happy ending. Some books or movies have tragic endings, e.g. the lead character […]