Before Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden, they were naked and unashamed. But after they took the forbidden fruit – and everything changed forever for humanity – they realised they were naked, and were ashamed. At this point, they tried to hide from God…. Shame is something we’ve all felt at some… Continue reading You’re in full view, and it’s OK.
As you reflect on the birth of Jesus this week, remember why he was sent. Christ was sent to earth by God as a baby, who would grow up not to condemn – but to save us from our sins through his death on the cross. Jesus came to take my place, and yours, and… Continue reading Why did Jesus come?
Last week my country was rocked by the news that four people were killed on an amusement park ride on the Gold Coast. A week earlier we heard about a tragic situation whereby a Sydney man gassed his home, poisoning himself, his wife, his two children, and the family dog. Further afield, a pastor I have… Continue reading Grief is inevitable, but we have hope
Do you ever stop to recognise that Jesus died for your sins once and for all? In dying on the cross, Christ, in his perfection and innocence, paid the price for all our stuff-ups, mistakes, and omissions. One event in history wiped our slates clean. Then Jesus, after he died, actually rose again from the… Continue reading He died once and for all. It is finished.
What do I offer this world? It’s a question that haunts many of us. We dearly long for a clear, tangible identity. The drive to be useful and necessary is strong. So much so that what we do can overwhelm the mystery of who we actually are. And when our usual ability to ‘do things’ for ourselves or others is stripped away – so often… Continue reading Who I really am