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

Cronk and Slater

The week leading up to the Grand Final was like few before, with its strange focus on “shoulders”. Who would have thought that shoulders would demand such media exposure? I can’t really remember when the simple shoulder ever headlined the news. Read More »

Foolish Footballers

It is finals time with winners and losers. As I write, my cardinal and myrtle colours are still flying but only just. I say this not because we were kept in the competition by three field goals but because of my disappointment in off field behaviour. Read More »

Serving at Fault

In a brilliant display of tantrum throwing, poor sportsmanship and an inability to cope with the umpire’s decision, a one-time champion tennis player, Serena Williams, accused the umpire of being a ‘point thief’ while she herself stole one of the biggest moments in Naomi Osaka’s life. Read More »

A Drought Reflection

I teared up! The farmer’s dozer was broken down, the diesel mechanic had returned to town for parts and the farmer's chainsaw filled the bush with noise as he brought down branches suitable for his sheep to eat. Over a sandwich we talked of assistance but the response was like that of others, “There are people a lot worse off than us!” Five thousand dollars a week I am told to keep his sheep alive but his wife made clear that they’d take no help. Read More »

Martin Luther

There is no doubt that Luther had a brilliant mind but he recognised that human truth has its limits. As Metaxas puts it, “Luther came to believe that the very idea that mere human reason could reach heaven was not merely wrong but a hubristic folly. How, with human words and thoughts, could we bridge the infinite distance between man and God, between earth and heaven?” Read More »

Depending on Others

Like a farmer who hates to see his stock in poor condition, I am a person who hates to see any of God’s people in a similar condition. Sadly, those two things go hand in hand in times of drought. Read More »

Droning on and on

I have recently been roaming the whole of this planet, living out of suitcases, soaring in planes above nations, cities and people, enjoying the sights and sounds of new places. I used to think the world was a big place but with travel and information it really is not that big at all. But big or small it’s easy to get lost when home is out of sight and one is beyond the limits of whatever control is to be found there. Read More »

Droning on again

Getting perspective in life is really helpful. My drone is a helpful educator for gaining perspective and I hope you will see why as you read on. Humanly speaking, perspective helps you to understand where others are coming from but if we are to love others and show empathy we need to get ourselves into perspective as well. Read More »

Droning on

Interestingly, no one suggested that the drone would teach me things about life and I certainly wasn’t expecting it. But it did. Let me explain. Read More »

What is death like for a Christian?

It presents itself in inscriptions, statues of the departed, places of remembrance, tombs and plaques. It presents heroes, slaves, the persecuted, and holocausts. Death is everywhere. It favours no one culture, it speaks every language, and even the living are on its guest list. Confronting? Absolutely! Grievous? Certainly! Any hope? Well that depends. Read More »