Anglican Diocese of Armidale

The Anglican Diocese of Armidale exists to glorify God by introducing people to Jesus and helping them home to heaven.

 

Articles and Commentary

ANZAC

ANZAC is a word that goes to the very heart of our culture. In a culture which is gradually distancing itself from its Judeo/Christian roots, a nation looks for places to worship where hearts unite around something that inspires.
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A Strange Easter Prayer

I begin with a confession. I was a closet lover of poetry when at school. And this was not a school where students valued the arts and literature. Perhaps, more correctly, I was among a cohort of students who could turn violent if you admitted to such loves.
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Arrivals and departures

On the way to the airport for a flight to Townsville, a text message arrived: “Waters broke at 4.30, Caesarean at 7.30.”
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Love for a full life

Life in three words doesn’t sound like much of a life unless the words are faith, hope and love. Big words for a full life.
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Hope for a full life

When you have faith in something you can rely on, then hope follows. When you put your faith in something which is unreliable, something which can’t be trusted, or even in yourself, then you can’t expect that what you hope for has any certainty. Indeed hope becomes little more than wishful thinking.
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Faith For a Full Life

When it comes to telling your own story there really are two options. The first is “You do You” which is very common and the second might be best expressed as “God did me.” One story is full of self while the other is self full of God.
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Make a difference in a crisis

In every prayer, concern for others was expressed. It would be true to say that the compassionate heart of love for those in need had shown itself above the usual self-interest we have become familiar with.
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Cardinal Pell Conviction

I am writing this the morning after Cardinal Pell’s conviction for child sexual abuse became public knowledge. I will admit to not following Cardinal Pell’s case all that closely but I expect that the courts will deal with him in accordance with the rule of law. I also admit that it is always wise to pull the log out of my own eye before trying it on someone else.
As an outside observer who is not a Roman Catholic it might be argued that I should say nothing. But saying nothing about an issue that impacts the faith of many would be remiss of me and perhaps irresponsible, especially in a column entitled “Faith Matters”.
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Lead us not into temptation

The surrender to temptation and the resultant freedom for evil has enormous implications for us personally and corporately and a myriad number of examples could follow.
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Forgive us our debts

After thirty years of ministering to people I am glad that it was only a brown snake between my son and me. That may sound strange but the snake was just passing through. Anger, resentment, bitterness and hatreds don’t just pass through and people often run sending the venom coursing through their existence.
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