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Do you have donkeys?

During our ministry trip to Tanzania, Mandy, Barbara and I had many opportunities to speak with locals about the differences between their life in East Africa and ours in Australia.

As I shared with a local Christian, he asked me whether we had donkeys.

When I told him that we only really have donkeys as pets, he asked me what we used to transport things around the farm and into town.

I told him about our tractors, utes, and trucks… and it was soon obvious that we lived in very different worlds.

Then I talked about the clean running water in my home, and our reliable supply of electricity… not to mention our multiple flushing toilets!

Though we are all equal and precious in God’s sight, not all Christians have the same wealth and ‘standard’ of living.

Yet, the size of a person’s house or bank account does not determine their level of satisfaction and contentment.

For as we experienced the singing and laughter of the Tanzanians, we saw deep joy and happiness amongst those who had far less money than us.

It was a fresh challenge for us to share our wealth with those who are in need… especially those who crave the basics of food, shelter, and education.

As we travelled in Tanzania, we witnessed first hand a number of special projects run by our friends at Anglican Aid… including schools that help protect vulnerable young girls as they face physical harm.

We were challenged afresh to share some of our wealth with those who are in great need of financial support… even though they have a satisfaction and joy that is coveted in the West.

Is this a good time for you to reflect upon your generosity with Christian brothers and sisters in need?

Why not visit Anglican Aid ( and see how you can let grace flow?


(photo credit: Jeff Attaway via Flickr)

The Value of Significant Relationships

Often, the people who have the deepest impact on us are those we know on a personal level. 

We are encouraged and challenged by those who have taken the time to get to really know us. 

We appreciate these people for their investment of time and energy. 

They show that they care, and so we tend to take notice of what they say and do. 

Such healthy personal relationships are a blessing- they make life better. 

As Christians, there is great value in taking hold of opportunities for Bible-based relationships of trust and growth. 

We benefit, and so do the people we are committed to- our spouse, our children, and the people in our mission. 

Receiving love, we are better equipped to give love.

Paul wrote to people he cared about, in whom he had invested himself. 

In Philippians chapter 4, he wrote “my dear brothers and sisters, stay true to the Lord. I love you and long to see you, dear friends, for you are my joy and the crown I receive for my work”

What type of relationships can you commit to strive for?


The Power of God

Sometimes it’s easy to reduce our idea of God so that it fits comfortably in our brains.

It’s somewhat understandable, because our brains cannot fully comprehend all of God’s characteristics. It’s why we need to consistently read the Bible to remind ourselves that God is bigger and better than we could ever imagine.

One aspect of God’s character that is easy to underestimate is his power.

There’s so much that could be said about his power, but I think the story of the Exodus is a great glimpse into the unstoppable, irresistible power of God.

God’s people were enslaved by Egypt, the great superpower at the time. They cried out to God for deliverance from their oppression, and the Lord heard them.

Pharaoh, the dictator of Egypt, stubbornly refused God’s decree to let his people go.

God gave Pharoah chance after chance to submit to him, and displayed his power through 10 plagues.

Eventually, Pharoah, the powerful man in the world at the time, had no choice but to acknowledge God’s overwhelming power.

Proverbs 21:1 says The king’s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the Lord; he turns it wherever he will.

It’s easy to look at today’s world and worry for the future of our country, our churches and our families.

But God is still on the throne.

Which is why Paul confidently writes in Romans 8:38-39: For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Jesus is powerful. Powerful enough that he defeated death for us.

Powerful enough for us to boldly proclaim his word.

Next time you talk to God, why not praise him for his power over evil, tyranny, death, and everything else in creation?

Because he deserves everlasting praise.


Renewal in Rwanda

Next week’s Gafcon Conference in Kigali, Rwanda is shaping up to be a momentous occasion in the history of global Anglicanism, as we come together to prayerfully chart a renewed course for the church.

The five-day conference will include around 1300 people from over 50 nations, as we come together to prayerfully depend on the Holy Spirit as we gather to hear God’s word.

Each day will have a special time of repentance, as we gather to express our grief and remorse at how many within our church have wandered from God’s way and have departed from the truth of his word.

Some Anglicans leaders have chosen to bless ways of living that God has told us to reject, and this means that many parishioners and pastors have been forced to submit to bishops who have failed to accept the word of God in all its fulness.

That’s why we need to gather to ask forgiveness for our church, and to seek God’s wisdom about the future for Anglicanism, both globally and locally.

Mandy and I are humbled to be representing our church in Jamberoo, as we participate with the Australian contingent, and we pray that the Lord will give us opportunities to serve and encourage many others during the week.

Please pray for great wisdom for all the delegates as we seek to come to a common mind about the best form of the future leadership of the global Anglican church.

But above all, pray that this conference will lead us to glorify God by proclaiming Christ faithfully, so that everyone will hear God’s call to repent and believe in Jesus as Lord.

To find out more about the conference, and to find a link to the livestream, visit 


Open Day

The most controversial thing about Easter is not that Jesus died… but that he came back to life.

That’s why our Easter campaign this year is called ‘Open Day,’ as we highlight Jesus’ open grave… for he is risen, hallelujah!

Many people are not open to the resurrection of Jesus because it seems so unusual—after all, how many times have you gone to a funeral to have the dead body rise from the grave?

Yet, the resurrection is the very thing that makes Easter valuable.

For, if Jesus only died and stayed dead, then the life of Jesus would offer us little more than an impossibly-difficult character to try and imitate.

Plus, when we are unable to keep Jesus’ impossible standard of perfection, we’d be crushed by our failure.

But worst of all, without the open grave, all of the promises of Jesus would fail.

For he made it clear that he would be betrayed, be killed, “but three days later he will rise from the dead.” (Mark 9:31).

What’s more, as the Apostle Paul observed:

“…if Christ has not been raised, then your faith is useless and you are still guilty of your sins. In that case, all who have died believing in Christ are lost! And if our hope in Christ is only for this life, we are more to be pitied than anyone in the world.” (1 Corinthians 15:17-19)

We must be open to the truth about the open grave, for it is only by Jesus rising from the dead that we can have any real hope in eternity.

If the grave is not open, then neither is heaven.

That’s why this Easter we’re encouraging people to be open to the idea that Jesus’ grave was open… and that people would be open to the idea of following the risen and living Jesus.

Jesus’ grave is open… are you?


Moore is coming!

We are thrilled to welcome a team of fourteen students and two chaplains from Moore Theological College from this Sunday 26th March to Sunday 2nd April.

The ‘mission week’ is an integral part of the training of all the students as they prepare to be ministers in churches and other contexts locally and across the globe.

The theological training at Moore is world-class, and what makes it even better is the deep commitment to pastoral care that is evidenced in the strong connections with the local churches… especially those in the Diocese of Sydney.

To get a deeper experience of the training at Moore, you’re invited to attend a special ‘Ministry Minded’ evening this Tuesday night the 28th March at 7pm in our church hall.

Lionel Windsor will be delivering a theological and pastoral lecture to help stretch us as we focus on gospel ministry… especially as we consider how all of us are Christ’s ambassadors in the many areas he’s placed us to serve.

Susan An, the Dean of Women, will be helping us understand more about how Moore invests in the growth of the students, and will particularly help us understand the many opportunities for women’s ministry, especially as we embrace ‘complementarianism’ in our teaching and ministry.

We’re also going to hear from a number of the students on our team about their own journey that has brought them to study at Moore, and they’ll have an opportunity to share about how they’re praying the Lord will use them in the future.

This is one of our key events as the team is embedded in our church for just over a week… and we’re excited to learn from them and with them as we seek to have each person in our village, valley and region know how to follow Jesus, and why it matters.

That’s why we always love Moore!


The Big Six

At our AGM this week I shared six, draft strategies to help our church pray to our sovereign Lord, equip people for ministry, and proclaim Christ faithfully, so that each person in our village, valley and region might know how to follow Jesus and why it matters.

Firstly, we want to increase our prayerfulness by multiplying prayer meetings (like our Zoom daily prayer) and by raising the engagement with PrayerMate as an online tool for sharing the mission prayers of our church.

Secondly, we want to help every member to grow in their ministry skills by completing a Personal Ministry Profile, which identifies ways each of you has served in the past, the skills and training you’ve received, and your passions and convictions about service and training in the future.

Thirdly, we want to create tailored training courses that will be delivered online and in-person, so that we can help you grow in your knowledge of God and your ministry skills, so that you can be better-equipped and mobilised for service. 

Fourthly, as we look to ministry in our village, valley, region, and beyond, we want to identify more opportunities to minister so that we can engage everyone in our mission and encourage everyone to feel utilised in our church mission.

Fifthly, we want to inspire and equip every member of our church to be a relational evangelist who is active in being Christ’s ambassador with the ‘flock’ the Lord has given you in your home, workplace, school, sporting team, community group, or wherever the Lord has placed you. 

Sixthly, and finally, we want to see every member of church part of an active Growth Group, even if attending it is difficult, so that all of us can feel connected with others, encouraged in our prayers, and strengthened in our relational evangelism.

Let’s pray that God strengthens and resources us so that we might actively pursue these strategies to his praise and glory.


(photo credit: Acabashi via Flickr. com)

Divine Hospitality

In her book, ‘The gospel comes with a house key,’ Rosaria Butterfield shares how she became a Christian through the hospitality of an older Christian couple who opened their home, shared their lives, and showed her Jesus. 

She was unchurched and hostile to Christians, but God used that hospitality to lead her to Christ.

Hospitality is so powerful for evangelism, and that’s because God showed us hospitality, first!

He welcomed outsiders when he invited us to belong to his family and become part of his people… all while we were his enemies.

His divine hospitality was seen most clearly through the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ, who came to reconcile us to the Father. 

In her book, Rosaria said that hospitality seeks to make, “strangers neighbours and neighbours family of God.”

That kind of hospitality is deliberate, intentional and relational…. and a little daunting.

But her wise advice was to just, “start somewhere, start today,” and I thought, “I can do that!”

All I need to do is to keep getting to know people… starting small, but starting now.

And I was reminded that evangelism so often happens in the context of personal relationships.

It made me think of my role as a school teacher, and how I invite students to bring questions and doubts, as they learn and inquire.

You’ll have similar opportunities with your work colleagues, family, community contacts, and other connections in life.

It is such a wonderful privilege and an amazing opportunity for us to speak the gospel, and live it out in the lives we share with others.

As we head into Easter, let’s pray that God will help us share the love of Christ with everyone we connect with, and that he will bring many people to know and love Jesus as Lord and Saviour.


Relational Evangelism

Relational evangelism is communicating the gospel of the crucified and risen Lord Jesus Christ in the context of person-to-person relationships. 

All Christians are in relationships, with God and with other people, both believers, and those on the journey to faith.

The Bible identifies Christians to be Ambassadors of Christ, such as in 2 Corinthians 5:17-21. All of us represent Christ to people we are in relationship with. 

Those people include your family, neighbours, people at school or work, your networks of friends, members of your sports team or community group. 

Right now, pause and prayerfully reflect on who are the people that you are connected with. Next, identify which people you consistently spend time with. It is possible that these people, or groups, are what we call your “flock,” meaning the people to whom you consistently represent Christ. 

How we represent Christ is faith-in-action (for example, James 2:18). Such faith expresses itself in loving others as we love ourselves.

Strategically, as Christ’s Ambassadors, that involves being physically present with the members of our flock, caring for them, embracing them in prayer, lovingly communicating the gospel, and doing so with the awareness that we represent Christ.

As of now, in the fellowship of Jamberoo Anglican Church, I have committed myself to equipping and supporting you to be Christ’s Ambassadors.

Let me know how you’re already putting this into action, and how I can help you grow in your  effectiveness.


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Remember the LORD

It’s 25 years since I became a father, and it’s 25 years since Colin released his ‘Remember The Lord’ album.

These two events intersected in so many ways, for this album became the soundtrack to the early years of my Christian parenting.

We loved Colin’s energy and fun, but we especially valued the way he could help every member of the family learn Bible memory verses, as well as remember the wonderful and important truths about God, Jesus and the Bible.

For his lyrics reminded us that, “nothing takes God by surprise,” and that we should “remember the Lord, remember that he’s in control, he’s watching his children, he cares!”

Colin knows that the sovereignty of God is a wonderful thing, and a doctrine of great comfort… and his songs have helped us sing about this for decades.

That’s why I’m so excited that Colin will be joining us at Jamberoo Anglican on 31st March at 6pm for a special, open-air concert on the lawn.

The advertising says it’s a ‘kids’ tour’ but I reckon the biggest fans will be those, like me, who bought the CD for our little ones to listen to in the car… although those kids who are now in their 20’s might be the ones rockin’ in the ‘mosh pit!’

I’m praying that this event will be a great night of celebrating the amazing love of God, and that for some people, it might even be a musical event that rekindles a faith in Jesus that may have grown dim over the years.

Above all, I’m praying that all who come to the concert will have a fresh experience of the wonder of Jesus, upon whom, “the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all… SING Baa, Baa, Doo, Baa, Baa… Isaiah 53:6… UGH!”

Purchase tickets at this link… but get in quick!