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

Our daily bread

It seems there was a time in Australia when prayer was thought to be something important enough to teach your children and the Lord’s Prayer was a good place to start. Read More »

Your kingdom come

I once heard a speaker suggest that parliament should not begin with the Lord’s Prayer. As a young clergyman who on occasions opened the Shire Council meeting with the Lord’s Prayer, I thought that strange. As our nation changes, this prayer was something I felt we all needed to hold in common. But was the speaker correct? Read More »

Our Father

During my Christmas break I met a young man who had never been in a church, not even for a funeral or a wedding. He knew nothing of Jesus Christ except that it had been a good swear word for him. He knew nothing of prayer and I expect that he could not even recite the Lord’s Prayer. Read More »

Who are you when no one is watching?

With everyone watching the ball, no one had noticed that Booth had stepped back on his stumps, but Booth knew so he left the field. Earthly umpires and oppositions can miss things but Booth knew that God doesn’t and that doing the right thing is always the best and most honourable thing even if it costs you. Read More »

Thanksgiving

We live in a nation with a myriad number of commemoration days set aside and sometimes even a whole a week to remember certain things, but do we stop as a nation to offer thanksgiving? Someone has said “The worst moment for the atheist is when he/she is really thankful and has no-one to thank.” Read More »

Getting Christ into Christmas

This week a friend of mine who had just arrived in New Zealand sent me a message with a picture. The message read “Front page of the local paper here in NZ”. The picture carried the headline “Mum asks school to take Christ out of Christmas.” Read More »

Broken to glow

February 2009 our daughter lay close to death in Sutherland Hospital, diagnosed with Meningococcal Meningitis Sepsis. They’re big words that few of us understand but most people know the implications. We’re not sure where she picked it up. We were just thankful that after a stint in ICU, with blood cleaned and body strengthened, she came home with us. Not everyone has such a good outcome. Next year will be the 10th Anniversary of her struggle for life. I sometimes wonder how that moment in her life impacted her and this week I was reminded of just how significant that event continues to be in her life and the life of her family. Read More »

The troubling truth of the invisible God

Some of the most disconcerting moments of my life happen in my garden window chair with the Bible open. The Bible’s recent invitation for me to look into the life of the suffering Job was one of the most uncomfortable! I think the thing that I found most confronting was the reminder that God is invisible. Read More »

Confusion

“Confusion” is a word we all understand but a reality that is terribly hard to live with. Take the headline that reads, “Revived ‘Zoe’s law’ Bill a risk to women’s abortion rights, warns pro-choice groups.” The comments by women’s and legal groups argue that this is, “a real risk to women’s reproductive rights.” As a reader I can’t help but see the quandary we are in. To defend a woman’s right to abort by choice is a defence in conflict with the justice desired by the parent of an unborn child killed by another’s illegal actions. Read More »

Peace by blood

Remembrance Day certainly gives one pause to think about the world and the life we live in it. It has been a few weeks since RSL members gathered in the Cathedral for an early Remembrance Day service followed by the commemorations in the park and my mind is still affected by this annual day of importance. Read More »