Anglican Diocese of Armidale

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

 

In Focus

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”. Read More »

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. Read More »

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. Read More »

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. Read More »

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. Read More »

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. Read More »

I appreciate consistency

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

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. Read More »

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. Read More »

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. Read More »