“UPSIDE DOWN” DAYS

by John Barr

Have you ever experienced an “upside down” day – one of those days that start off normally? But, by the time the day is over, things have changed irretrievably? Life is upended. Everything capsizes. The solid ground vanishes from beneath your feet. One is left suspended in a sea of bewilderment and chaos. Just over […]

TODAY IN WEST EPPING

by John Barr

Last Sunday evening I preached the message during the 6pm Mass in Our Lady Help of Christians Roman Catholic Church, Epping. It was a great privilege and I thank Fr. Peter Dowd for his kind invitation. The church comes in many different shapes and forms. During the course of my ministry I have engaged in […]

TOGETHER IN CHRIST

by John Barr

My much loved black cat upsets me at times. She likes routine and, when things change or when a stranger enters the room, my cat becomes fidgety and anxious. She becomes quite irrational and distraught. Cats love routine. They covet predictability. Everything is fine – as long as nothing changes! I think people are like […]

ALL SAINTS

by John Barr

“Dia de los Muertos” or “Day of the Dead” is a huge celebration in Mexico. Celebrated last Thursday, this day honours those who have died. “Day of the Dead” is derived from pre-Hispanic times and it was effectively Christianised by the Roman Catholic Church. The day includes all kinds of festivities including vibrant processions, rowdy […]

A PRAYER FOR THE CENTENARY OF THE ARMISTICE

by John Barr

A PRAYER TO COMMEMORATE THE CENTENARY OF THE ARMISTICE L: Remember, Lord, those whose stories were unspoken and untold. L: Jesus, remember them when you come into your kingdom. L: Remember, Lord, those whose minds were darkened and disturbed by memories of war. R: Jesus, remember them when you come into your kingdom. L: Remember, […]

WHY DOES CHRISTMAS COME SO EARLY?

by John Barr

Do you know there are only 65 days left to Christmas? One thing is for sure, our retailers won’t be letting us forget. Big W is said to have started displaying Christmas decorations on their shelves more than a month ago. Meanwhile reports from the UK claim Christmas cards, wrapping paper and mince pies have […]

Going Deep

by Radhika Sukumar-White

On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of last week, I undertook a course at the United Theological College entitled Fundamentals of Transitional Ministry. Effectively, it was a three-day course on the basics of how to lead a congregation through change. It is actually part 1 of a three-part process to become an accredited Intentional Interim Minister, […]

Silent Evangelism

by Radhika Sukumar-White

Evangelism can come in many different forms. There’s a tendency to assume evangelism is ultimately about words that we say. But whilst words can be very important, we shouldn’t forget about other forms or models of evangelism – for example, the evangelism of presence. As part of my ministerial formation, I spent 6 months working […]

iEvangelism

by Radhika Sukumar-White

Throughout history, the method by which the church responded to Jesus’ Great Commission has been propelled by technology. For Paul, it was the Roman road system. For the Reformation, it was the printing press. And for us today, it is the power of the Internet literally in the palm of the hand of almost every […]