God’s Opening Ceremony

Every four years the Winter Olympics shows up on our TVs. And for a couple of weeks Australians get interested in activities very distant from our daily lives. We learn to say ‘luge.’ We have opinions on ski-jump landings. Images of snowboarders, speed-skaters and skiers fill our screens. For all

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Jubilee and Jesus in Luke

Recently, we have probably heard the word ‘jubilee’ used in connection with Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee, a celebration for her sixtieth year as Queen. The use of ‘jubilee’ in this context has little, if anything to do with the biblical idea of Jubilee, except as a marker of a length

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A listening Heart

A failure to listen is at the heart of sin. Learning to listen again is the new heart Jesus gives us. Have you ever thought of the Christian life that way – as learning to listen again? In our recent ‘A Home in the Mess’ series at Creek Road, we

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What is home?

On Sunday our South Bank campus will start the process of settling into our third home in four years; we’re taking residence in the afternoons (4pm) in the home of another church in West End – LifePlace. Since moving out of home as a 19 year old (15 years ago),

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A letter to our LGBTIQA neighbours (and their friends).

The last four weeks have revealed deep divisions in the Australian community; divisions that show no sign of simply disappearing with the announcement of the results of the postal survey today, or even with the legislation that will follow; divisions that we churches have been part of widening — and

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Lord’s Supper at Creek Road

The Lord’s Supper is a wonderful way to celebrate our salvation in Jesus together as a church family. It’s a meal given to the church by Jesus himself as a special way to remember his death on the cross – that he broke his body and shed his blood to

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Giving

“Now about the collection for the Lord’s people…” (1 Cor. 16:1) The Corinthians had written to Paul with some questions about “the collection”. We don’t know what those questions were, but we know this wasn’t a new matter for the Corinthian church – since Paul mentions in 2 Corinthians that

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What Women do in Churches

10 things women can do in churches (according to 1 Corinthians) There’s a couple of passages in 1 Corinthians where Paul talks specifically about how women (more specifically wives) are to participate in the life of the church because of their relationship with their husbands (1 Corinthians 11:2-16 and 1

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What are Spiritual Gifts?

“Now about the gifts of the Spirit, brothers and sisters, I do not want you to be uninformed.” — 1 Corinthians 12:1 What are your spiritual gifts? If you’ve been around church circles for a while (or been to Koorong) you might have pondered what exactly ‘spiritual gifts’ are, and

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9 things to know about 1 Corinthians 11

1. It’d be a mistake to pull 1 Corinthians 11 out of the rest of the letter Paul has been systematically addressing issues in the Corinthian church where they have adopted or not yet put off the Corinthian approach to life; Paul has consistently been urging the Corinthian church to

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