Category: Church

You need other people. Yes, even now.

You need other people. Yes, even now.

‘Social distancing’ will probably be the phrase of the year in 2020. Most of us could not have defined that term last year; now we see it in every news article and as warnings in every building we enter. We are encouraged to spend more time away from other people. As some satirical articles have …

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A new kind of gathering; well, an old kind with new elements

A new kind of gathering; well, an old kind with new elements

In the early church, most gatherings were in houses. Church buildings didn’t become common until after the conversion of Constantine in the 300s. This means that when Paul wrote to churches in Ephesians, for example, this probably meant the collection of churches in the city of Ephesus that met in a variety of homes. We …

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Don’t forget to look for the right kind of food

Don’t forget to look for the right kind of food

The food shortage in Australia right now is bizarre. People are hoarding food and emptying shelves from the supermarket. In a rich and blessed country, many people are looking for food. Christians know that we need more than physical food to sustain us. We need the bread of life, the Word of God. This was …

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Don’t expect people to say ‘no’ when you invite them to some church event

Don’t expect people to say ‘no’ when you invite them to some church event

Our church is running an evangelistic event this Saturday night. This means that there will be people from our church praying for and inviting friends to come along. That can be a daunting prospect! All kinds of thoughts go through our minds before we have that kind of conversation. Maybe they will laugh at me. …

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You should attend a Bible study group

You should attend a Bible study group

Most churches run Bible study groups which usually start this time of year. There will be announcements in many churches urging people to read the Bible with others in groups weekly or fortnightly. If you usually take part, you’ll go along. If you have heard those announcements and ignored them, thinking you are too busy …

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Hearing the Christmas story again

Hearing the Christmas story again

It is Christmas. Again. There are some that love tradition, doing the same things in the same ways every year. Even if you don’t love this kind of thing, you cannot avoid it. The supermarkets are full of the same music, the decorations are dusted off and put up, and various meals are organised for …

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