Title Image

Author: Lesley Strang

From the Pastor

Following trends in society is big business. Most of us will have noticed the summer marketing strategy of Coca-Cola over the past two summers – personalised cans. Cans have names on them like Tom and Sarah. And the Tom’s and Sarah’s loved to take a

From the Pastor

“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” (Col 3:12) I read this passage again the other morning and I was struck by the simplicity of it. We tend to make our faith really complicated, or

From the Pastor

I don’t think I have ever heard a sermon on ‘Rest’. I’ve heard lots on ‘Service and sacrifice’ but not a lot on ‘Rest’. I’m not even sure I have a proper understanding of ‘Rest’. Mostly I’ve taken it to be time off work. Time

From the Pastor

Isaiah 46:3-4 3 “Listen to me, you descendants of Jacob,     all the remnant of the people of Israel, you whom I have upheld since your birth,     and have carried since you were born. 4 Even to your old age and gray hairs     I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I

From the Pastor

Boris Johnson’s rise (as Mayor) and fall (12 months ago), and recent rise and fall has been astounding. What are we to make of this? A few random thoughts. It’s easy to be frustrated with the current state of events. Brexit under Theresa May was

From the Pastor

The trade war between China and the US looms large. Two weeks ago economists got excited about an ‘inverted yield curve’. [If you lend money to the government as a bond, they will pay 1.5% interest for 1 year, and 1% for three years.] In

From the Pastor

Most of us are hardwired to be agreeable. Opposition creates personal and relational anxiety. Furthermore, there is an inner reassurance and peace about being aligned with others who think like we think. (I suspect my family missed this gene!) But this pattern has a downside: Groupthink,

From the Pastor

Getting Christmas right is hard. No matter how early we start and how much we try to remedy the slip-ups of last year, Christmas is stressful and the perfect day is illusive. I think part of the reason is that Christmas is counter-intuitive. We assume

From the Pastor

Food allergies are on the rise, affecting 9% of Australian children. There have even been a couple of high profile incidents leading to death recently. It is much more a Western phenomenon, an urban one, and is more common among migrants. Researchers are not entirely

From the Pastor

What is it that makes us human? That separates us from the animals. One way to answer this question is to talk about being civilised. Animals hunt and kill. They feed their own at the expense of others. They will savagely defend their territory. And