Archive for April, 2009

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St Matthias ESM – Sunday preview

April 30, 2009

Hi Matthias people and interested others (who are also most welcome to comment).

Here’s a sneak peek at this week’s sermon and a chance to think about this issues that will be addressed. You also can participate in the preparation! The passage is John 5:18-47.

We’ll do a recap of the series and of last week. Then move on to Jesus’ work which are greater than his ability to heal the invalid we saw last week. They are that Jesus gives life and will judge us. Now giving life is an easily accepted ability but what about judgement. Are people (i.e. you or the people you know) still offended by the idea that they will be judged by Jesus over their actions?

Then Jesus defends his claims, appealing to three witnesses. And finally he has a go at the Jews for turning to God’s word for its rules but not looking to what the Scriptures say about him. The interesting thing is that the Jews are still trying to be ‘good’. So my question is, what motivations might we have for doing good things other than to honour Christ?

So read the passage, have a think about who Jesus is for them and it’d be cool if you commented on the questions. C ya Sunday!

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Question Time

April 27, 2009

Again for Matthias ESM people: What did you think of Eddie’s question on Sunday night? It was something like: “What do you think about Jesus breaking the Sabbath as he is a human as well as divine?”

Your thoughts?

Was Jesus bad in breaking the law?

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St Matthias ESM – Sermon reflections

April 26, 2009

For all those at St Matthias Evening Church, here’s your opportunity to reflect further on tonight’s sermon on John 5:1-20. St Matthias Evening Church

The passage is where Jesus heals a long-term invalid man on the Sabbath. The man shows no sign of thankfulness  or willingness to follow Jesus as a result. In fact, he dobs on Jesus to the Jews when they accuse him of carrying his mat on the Sabbath.

In the sermon, I will suggest that the solving of our problems and sufferings in life won’t necessarily make us better people, let alone more faithful disciples of Christ.

Some things to reflect upon:

– Are there things in life that we think will make us better if we just have a problem solved?

– Is God making us more like Jesus by working through our problems, rather than always solving them?

– Do you think this was a valid application point to this passage?

– What do you think the ‘greater works’ that Jesus said he would reveal (John 5:20)? Hint – read the rest of the chapter.

– How will this view of Jesus change our view on our problems?

Read the passage again and have a think about some of those things and feel free to post your thoughts. Later in the week I’ll be post some ideas for next week’s sermon so some back and check it out.

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Our baby has Happy Feet!

April 26, 2009

Katie & I were watching Happy Feet yesterday, and during the film our baby kicked and rolled more than any other time we’ve felt it. It must have happy feet too!

Happy FeetBut what a bizarre movie? At first it’s like Spicks and Specks as I guessed all the song references. Then it moves to a world of aliens, and oracle, misguided religious leaders and scary ‘penguins escaping for the jaws of deaths’ scenes, all with a pro-environmental agenda. But to do all that in a mix of song and dance was spectacular but peculiar.

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WVotW: Moderism – Nova & Noah

April 26, 2009

On the way to church today, Nova 96.9 raise the issue of the historicity of the Bible (!). It found a report that 6 out of 10 Aussie believe that Jesus rose from the dead but attention quickly moved onto Noah and the Ark. The hosts threw it open to the audience to account for the story, especially regarding how all the animals could fit on the Ark. One lady suggested that Noah brough two of every kind not every species of animal and so after the flood all the different spieces evolved from each of its kind. “It’s science” she declared. The hosts were not so sure about the explaination but conceded “I like the ‘It’s science’ bit”. Moderism still breeds credibility.

For the record, the best explanation was that Noah to two of every baby animal, so there was plenty of room and you didn’t have all the mating issues!

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WVotW:Modernism – 2 from the U.S.

April 26, 2009

Smh.com.au has provided two examples of Modernism from the US.

In a AP video it was reported that the restrictions on the morning-after pill are to be lifted. What was interesting was the findings by a Federal judge that “Bush administration appointees let politics, not science drive their decision to limit over the counter access to women 18 and over.” I’m not suggesting that politics is a better means to make decisions but the finding certainly uplifts science as the guiding principle.

Also, listening to Obama’s report card for his first 100 days, I came across part of his inauguration speech: “We will restore science to its rightful place, and wield tech’s wonders to raise health care’s quality and lover its cost.” Is this a return to modernist thinking?

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WVotW:Modernism – Astronomers

April 23, 2009

I was reading an article on smh regarding the discovery of Gliese 581 e and Gliese 581 d, the two planets from another solar system that are the closest to Earth in relation to their size and location to their sun.

Gliese. Photo:AFPIt struck me that Astronomers must largely be of the Modernist mindset. They seek to use scientific discoveries to gain meaning to our existence. What I want to know is what will happen when/if they find another Earth-like planet? What will the discovery that we are not so special in the universe do for their thinking? Surely Astronomy (which I love by the way) is very good at describing the universe, but assigning meaning to its vastness is beyond their realm of study. Meaning comes from the purpose for which something is made. Once we know this, Astronomy can help us reflect on how privileged we are for God to choose us out of all the vastness of the universe.