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

A voice from the womb

While you may not remember the womb, I have to say that our inside experience is like a first class motel. We have our own pool they call the “Amniotic” and there’s food and drink on tap while we swim. The perfect conditions for retreat, exercise and general good health.
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Abortion bill

It is never easy to take on people you largely appreciate but some issues demand it. That is where I am currently at with our State Members, Kevin Anderson and Adam Marshall. It is a little staggering that after weeks of writing articles on family I have to write in the hope of saving our children from the poor decisions of our politicians.
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Helpful words for Mothers

I love my mum! I love the mother of my children! I love the mothers of my grandchildren! My mum’s no longer alive, my wife’s years of mothering are paying a great dividend and the mothers of my grandchildren are learning what mothers have to put up with.
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Love and hate

Over the last year or so I have noticed that people have becomes very conversant with hate. Hate has become a word we apply to the comments of those we disagree with. We have even given it the title, “Hate speech”.
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Seasons of Parenting

I will never forget the first time I heard a flustered parent react to out of control children. Her response? “Makes you realise why some animals eat their own young.” I laughed but I understood her exasperation.
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Fathering

I know of few more important and pressing responsibilities than that of being a parent. After 31 years of parenting I have learnt that you never stop being a parent. The concerns may be different, the conversations more mature but once a parent, always a parent.
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Marriage Remembrances

As I approach another marriage milestone, it’s worth remembering the journey of family life and the priorities that come with being a family man. I don’t write the “Family Matters” column, but over the weeks ahead I want to offer some insights into family that I hope will prove helpful.
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The Prodigal

I was recently asked to speak on the story of the Prodigal Son, a story which you can find in any Bible. The story is a famous one and often used proverbially in words like, “the prodigal returns”. Some literary giants have described this story as the greatest story ever written.
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State of Origin

If something causes people a problem, what would you do with the something that causes it? Maybe you would not care, which says something pretty sad about yourself. You could ignore the issues because they are not your issues, which tells everyone who is most important in your decision making. You could ignore the problem and hope it goes away which indicates the mind of a fool. You could denigrate the people suffering from the problem which would give us a window into your heartlessness. But then again, maybe you could have a heart, listen, empathise, fix the problem and respond sacrificially in a way that values others.
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I appreciate consistency

I appreciate consistency. I like people who remain loyal to their family, their community and their football teams.
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