Waiting for gospel – a strategy


‘Pray also for me that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains.’
(Ephesians 6:19).

Here in Ephesians, Paul comes towards the end of his letter asking for prayer. He asks for the provision of ...

NextGen sets out on Korea path

TIM LAM

South Korea is often described as a Christian success story. From humble beginnings, Christianity endured persecution and political division to become the largest religion in South Korea.

In October this year, 20 NextGen youth from diverse cultural backgrounds will travel to South Korea to learn about the history, traditions and culture of the Korean church.

The trip ...

Breaking points


Review by Penny Mulvey

PLAY | THREE LITTLE WORDS | JOANNA MURRAY-SMITH

Have you ever experienced a deep visceral response to friends’ news that they are breaking up? Perhaps you have seen them as the perfect couple? You cannot imagine them as individuals.

This is the premise of playwright Joanna Murray-Smith’s latest offering, Three Little Words, currently showing ...

Hope-filled meditation

Among the many letters Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote when he was in prison was a poem that was later versified into a hymn. Since I first came across the poem and hymn I have spent some time each Eastertide pondering it.

Three small verses that, even if I meditate on them for the rest of my life I will never ...

Letters to the editor – May 2017

Logo life

They say that everything in life is relative however, in Jim Gibson’s case we are not related!

Nigel Tapp’s timely piece (‘Logo stands the test of time’, April) brought back memories of a front-page story in The Sydney Morning Herald (perhaps November 1976) written by that paper’s long-time religion writer, Alan Gill, about the adoption of the Uniting ...

Political uncertainty stalls moves to incorporate

PENNY MULVEY

On 21 January last year the Vic/Tas general secretary wrote to assembly, the other synods, presbyteries and Church councils as well as all the reporting bodies and institutions of the synod to inform them of a decision of the Synod Standing Committee (SSC) to incorporate the synod.

The letter and subsequent reporting in the February 2016 Crosslight informed the ...

The big ask of Muslims


It might have been a ‘trial run’ but the very first question at the Ask a Muslim forum held at 130 Lt Collins St on Wednesday night delved deeply into profound and potentially problematic territory.

Do Muslims and Christians worship the same God?

The relatively young Muslims, who were seated among a circle of tables with about ...

Record result from flipping Pancake Day around


St Leonard’s Church Brighton Bayside raised the highest amount ever donated from a Pancake Day event in Victoria and Tasmania, even though they didn’t charge a cent for the 300 or so pancakes served.

Last year St Leonard’s member and retired businessman Barry Schofield decided to try something different with Pancake Day, which is put on nationally ...

Refugee rally drenched but defiant


Thousands braved Melbourne’s stormy weather on Palm Sunday to walk in solidarity with refugees and people seeking asylum.

The mercury dropped to as low as 10 degrees celsius as Melbourne shivered through its coldest day of the year, but moderator Rev Sharon Hollis reminded the contingent gathered at Wesley Church before the walk that the suffering of ...

Share projects that are road worthy

HELEN BEEBY

Share hit the road on Tuesday this week with 21 loyal supporters to witness our community service agency programs, places and people first-hand.

Donors, bequestors and Share Reps jumped on the ‘Share shuttle bus’ – departing from Parliament Station at 9am – bound for UnitingCare Harrison before travelling on to Prahran Mission.

The first stop was Croydon ...