Month: August 2021

  • Jesus, Freedom and Authority in Lockdown Part 1: Prayer

    Jesus, Freedom and Authority in Lockdown Part 1: Prayer

    How should Christians in lockdown respond to authorities? 1 Timothy 2:1–7 tells us to pray. But it’s not a bare command—it also tells us why.

  • Faith and Love in the Mess (1 Thessalonians 3:1–13)

    Faith and Love in the Mess (1 Thessalonians 3:1–13)

    This sermon, preached in the middle of lockdown, emphasises the why and how of faith and love in the mess of the world – COVID or not.

  • Bethel, Jesus, and Dove Dung

    Bethel, Jesus, and Dove Dung

    Bethel’s highly disturbing book The Physics of Heaven seeks spiritual truths in New Age spirituality and pseudo-scientific quantum mysticism

  • God’s heart for all humanity (1 Timothy 2:1–7)

    God’s heart for all humanity (1 Timothy 2:1–7)

    Tensions are very high in our community at the moment. Take the illegal anti-lockdown protest on 23 July 2021 in Sydney. The protesters were expressing a fear and anger that’s clearly present amongst many. They were wrong to express it in this way. But you can feel it, can’t you? I know right now many of us are feeling the frustration. Some of us are in almost impossible situations: climbing the walls! And it’s hard. The catch-cry of the protest was freedom: freedom of movement, of work, of association. And while the protest itself was way out of line, freedom does matter, doesn’t it? It matters for us and our community. The Bible teaches us to live as humans among humans and human authorities, by helping us to see God’s heart for all humanity, as we pray.