Posts by John Barr

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THE BEST DAY OF HER LIFE

by John Barr

Weddings are special and my daughter’s wedding last Saturday was no exception. Preparations seemed to go on forever while the actual day was just perfect despite some of the imperfections that occurred. Clouds moved in to threaten a light shower. The bride was late for the ceremony. My one year grandson, who was to be […]

PENTECOST IS COMING

by John Barr

The pain of being separated or cut-off from a loved one is incalculable. We never get over it. On this Sunday I am particularly aware of the anguish and the heartache of those indigenous mothers whose children were snatched from their arms by authorities whose intention was to separate these kids from their Aboriginal communities […]

PLAYING FAIR AND SQUARE

by John Barr

While Australia’s success at the Commonwealth Games has taken the heat out of our test cricketers recent dismal loss in South Africa, “cricket tragics” like myself are still in shock over the debacle that was the ball-tampering affair. It’s just not cricket! What is supposed to be the “gentlemen’s game” (I do acknowledge that women, […]

APRIL FOOLS DAY

by John Barr

This year Easter falls on April Fools Day, a day of jokes, pranks and hoaxes. In 1975 the ABC television program “This Day Tonight” announced the country would be converting to “metric time” with 100 seconds to the minute, 100 minutes to the hour and 20 hours to the day. Viewers were mystified. One person […]

ARE WE ENTITLED?

by John Barr

I must admit there are things in my life for which I feel shame. For instance, when I drive to West Epping I always park at the rear of the cottage in the space adjacent to the back wall. When someone else parks there I feel irritated and annoyed because “my” spot has been taken! […]

LOOK AT THE BIRDS OF THE AIR……….

by John Barr

One of the amazing things about moving out to Blacktown just over 12 months ago is the bird life around the manse in which I live. We are located adjacent to a wildlife corridor that runs all the way to Seven Hills and its home to magpies, kookaburras, noisy miners, willie wagtails, rosellas, lorikeets, crested […]

TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE?

by John Barr

At election time I often become quite cynical as candidates make promises and declare give-aways on the condition they secure my vote. Whether its tax cuts or increases in essential services, whether it’s a new infrastructure project or a commitment to more transparency in government I often ask, are these offers “fair dinkum”, are they […]

IS GOD UNFAIR?

by John Barr

How would you describe God – loving, holy, righteous or powerful? These are just a few attributes that we assign to God. But have you ever thought of God as being fair? I ask this because so often, in ministry, I encounter situations and scenarios that just seem so unfair. While living in the remote […]

NO “MILKSHAKE DUCK”?

by John Barr

Do you know what a “milkshake duck” is? “Milkshake duck” is a term made famous by the Macquarie Dictionary as its current “word of the year”. It refers to a seemingly innocent person who is initially embraced and loved by the internet’s mass audience only to be brought crashing down when further investigation reveals them […]

THE LITTLE GIRL IN HER BEST DRESS

by John Barr

Eshoroma lies on a woven mat in a crude bamboo shelter. This two year old is wearing her best dress as her mother gently strokes her hair. This is not a happy family reunion. Nor is it a time for joy and celebration. Little Eshoroma is being prepared for burial, the victim of disease that […]