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Simoom: Jesus’ testing in the desert, Mt 4:1-11

By St Peter's | 07/03/2017

1. We hear again of Jesus’ temptation in the desert, forty days and forty nights. We too have embarked on forty days of self-examination in the desert: it is Lent.   Lent is an ancient word related to lengthening (old English: lengten) for, in Europe, this is the time when the days lengthen;  it is the…

Rowan Williams: Tokens of Trust, Pt. 2

By St Peter's | 02/03/2017

I believe in one holy catholic and apostolic church To be in the church is not to stand under the arches of an old building, or to become a club member. It is to step into the life of the Trinity, which, as we saw in the last part, is the life of communion—of sharing.…

Sermon for the Feast of St Thomas Aquinas

By St Peter's | 28/02/2017

29 January 2017 1. Yesterday was the feast of St Thomas Aquinas, a happy day for the Church — or for me at least. I developed something of an unlikely interest in St Thomas’ major work, the Summa Theologiae, when I was about 24. It was intended as an introductory work for thirteenth century university…

Rowan Williams: Tokens of Trust, Pt. 1

By St Peter's | 28/02/2017

In this introductory theology, published in 2007, Williams discusses the major articles of the Apostles’ Creed.  The Latin Creed was the ancient symbolon of the West–the sign, or signet ring, or token of Church membership. This Creed, recited at every baptism, is the pattern of our trust in God. I believe in God the Father Why trust…

The Needling of Love: Hadewijch

By St Peter's | 19/02/2017

Aelred of Rievaulx: God is Friendship

By St Peter's | 14/02/2017

“Here we are, you and I, and I hope a third, Christ, is in our midst.” “Come now, beloved, open your heart, and pour into these friendly ears whatsoever you will, and let us accept gracefully the gift of this place, time, and leisure.” So begins the work On Spiritual Friendship by Aelred, Abbott of…

Rowan Williams, Being Disciples: Essentials of the Christian Life (2016)

By St Peter's | 14/02/2017

Rowan Williams teaches us that discipleship is about stillness.  It is a contemplative stance towards to the world — “an openness to the real roots of transforming action” (17). This is a happy vision at a time when Christianity is marketed as some kind of verbalistic ideology [1].   We are not ideologues, but wayfarers on a…

THE TABLECLOTH – A Beautiful story…

By St Peter's | 11/12/2016

 THE  TABLECLOTH  –  A Beautiful story…. The brand new pastor and his wife, newly assigned  to their first ministry, to reopen a church  in suburban Brooklyn , arrived in early October excited about their opportunities. When they saw their church, it was very run down and needed much work. They set a goal to have everything done…

On Remembrance

By St Peter's | 14/11/2016

The idea that good may come out of evil, and that self-sacrifice can bring liberation, are two basic paradoxes that lie at the heart of many religions. And one of the stranger things about the month of November is the way in which we are all gathered up into acts of remembrance – All Souls,…

Ponder this if you will

By St Peter's | 08/11/2016

In his recent work on our Parish Strategy document, Russell Manfield spelt out 5 ‘themes’ for future direction for St     Peter’s. By ‘themes’ Russell is attempting to provide five focal points for guiding our Parish into the future. I’m listing these points below for your consideration and comment please: Towards Financial Security Establish a committee…

It’s a Messy World

By St Peter's | 29/10/2016

It’s a Messy World It’s always important to consider the other side of the argument. As you have probably guessed from a number of articles that I have written I am a fan of ‘church growth’. But it never hurts to look at the other side of the argument to help keep one’s opinions informed…

How about doing some dreaming?

By St Peter's | 25/10/2016

How about doing some dreaming? To quote from our strategy document… ”It requires only a small extension to view our church as a potential cathedral in perhaps 100 years time, the major church of a still growing city that has become a seat for a Bishop of a new Gold Coast diocese. The function of…

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