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Homily/Eulogy – for a good man, Rob Haley

Today we are saying goodbye to a very special person, Rob Haley.  Rob was born on a cold, foggy evening on the 19th of July 1924, in Bunyip, a small town in Gippsland, Victoria, Australia: the first child to Alf and Florence Haley. Last week – on 13th May 2014 – he passed away peacefully […]

Lovers Of Pleasure More Than Lovers Of God

Whoever loves pleasure will suffer want; whoever loves wine and oil will not be rich. We ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures… but when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Saviour appeare, he saved us. Proverbs 21:17; Titus 3:3-4. John Bunyan wrote a second story after […]

My God Turns My Darkness Into Light

I love you, O Lord my strength. The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer, my God, my rock in whom I take refuge. Psalm 18:1,2. The Psalms reflect the agonies and ecstasies of the lives of a range of people in a variety of circumstances. Many of David’s Psalms, for example, were […]

God Will Redeem My Life From The Grave

God will ransom my soul… he will receive me. Psalm 49:15. In our world the ‘5-star success system’ (possessions, fame, education, vocational success, power) rules, let us remember that all these accomplishments are ephemeral – they will die with us. Sometimes the ungodly are rich, and the faithful poor are oppressed. But the only life […]

Blessed Are Those Whose Strength Is In You

How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord of hosts! My soul longs, indeed it faints for the courts of the Lord; my heart and my flesh sing for joy to the living God. Psalm 84: 1,2. A striking feature of worship in the Bible is that people gathered in what we could call a […]

My Times Are In Your Hands

I trust in you, O Lord; I say, ‘You are my God.’ My times are in your hand. Psalm 31:14,15. Feeling a bit down today? Something has happened to bowl you over? This special Psalm (31) is just for you! The Psalmist (Jeremiah? See Jeremiah 20:6-18) has problems caused by sickness, enemies, physical hardship, social […]

In-Basket Time Management

Remember how short my time is! Psalm 89:47. A man on a horse was galloping along the road. An old farmer standing in his field called out, ‘Hey, William, where are you going?’ The rider shouted back, ‘Don’t ask me, ask my horse!’ Reactive people are passively carried along by events; proactive people engineer the […]

Be Sure Your Sin Will Find You Out

You have sinned against the Lord; and be sure your sin will find you out. Numbers 32:23. This text was regularly quoted by my mother. She was right. Two London women struck up a conversation, and the topic got around to their husbands. They then were seen to rummage in their purses. One pulled out […]

Talking

Anyone who makes no mistakes in speaking is perfect, able to keep the whole body in check… James 3:2. It’s now official: a Manchester University study has found women talk more than men. Why? Vocal chords more flexible? Yes. Different speechmaking factory (‘Broca’s convolution’) in the brain? Yes. One (male) researcher’s theory: ‘Women don’t worry […]

Good Shepherds

The gifts [Christ] gave were that some would be… pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ. Ephesians 4:12. Bishop Handley Moule used to say ‘We do not want untheological devotion, or undevotional theology.’ That’s a good motto for preachers, (or any thinking Christian […]