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

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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Manners

Call me old fashioned but I wonder if we are living in a time when we need to see a return to good old manners. I say this as an observer of an increasingly disrespectful society.
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What a hell of a mess

What a mess Rugby Australia is in after the Israel Folau dismissal. Nick Farr-Jones is giving away his tickets, Alan Jones has barraged them with critiques of their incompetence and Israel will probably take the matter to the courts for hopefully some common sense to prevail.
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Messiah from the Shire

“Messiah from the Shire” was the headline, describing the man whose party had just won an election but who could not help his Cronulla Sharks footy team to be successful. Whatever the reason for the headline, it is a ridiculous one.
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The Currency of Government

With an election over, we will return to normal transmission. At least we hope so. A nation has voted and the genius of our democratic system sees a new government installed.
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Throwing the baby out with the bathwater

It would seem our nation is doing a spring clean, getting rid of the things they consider unnecessary or even rubbish. We want the Christian out of Rugby; Special Religious Education out of Schools; and it would seem as if our Armidale Regional Council is getting involved in the national spring clean as some want prayer removed from their meetings.
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A Hell of a Thought

Do people go to hell? Well sadly I am of the view that they do. Happily, I am also of the view that people don’t have to go to hell. My view is not unlike the view expressed by Israel Folau. Some things lead to hell but hell can be so easily avoided. But don’t shoot me, or Israel for that matter, as we are just the messengers.
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What's On Your Mind?

What an extraordinary thing the mind is. While waiting at the airport between flights I am surrounded by things that celebrate the mind.
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