An Advent reflection inspired by the film Arrival. In the season of Advent we begin with the end. Why? Is there anything helpful for us in this tradition when it comes to holding our own beginnings and endings?
A reflection on Matthew 25:31-46, the parable of the Sheep and the Goats. Matthew doesn't always say what we want him to say in his gospel. How do we deal with the harsh note of judgement in this passage which stands alongside its profound expression of merciful, compassionate and inclusive faith? [...]
A reflection on Judges chapter 4. Who are Deborah and Jael? What is the nature of their heroic feats? And can their violent and disturbing story speak to us of God's love now?
Brunswick Uniting is an outward looking Christian community in the heart of Melbourne’s inner north. We strive to be an inclusive community, ever growing in faith, and working for justice, peace and reconciliation. We are looking to fill three roles in our ministry team: Children and Families Worker, Youth Worker and Student Support Worker. [...]
Reflections on the ministries of Hospitality, Compassion and Community Building. The Brunswick Uniting Church has a threefold vision for Pastoral Care. We believe that a pastorally sensitive community provides safe places to explore, question, and doubt, [it] provides a theology of journey rather than arrival (Pastoral Care vision document 2014 p.7). This reflection explores what this might [...]
A reflection on the meaning of the Protestant Reformation.
Q. What does Jesus have to say about marriage? A. Almost nothing. Mark 10:1-12 is the most often cited passage in the marriage equality debate. And as is often the case, the differences between Christians on this issue are to do with the way scripture is read and interpreted. Here is how I read [...]
A reflection on Matthew 22:15-22 In what way does Jesus' answer to the Pharisees and Herodians regarding paying tax to the Emperor inform the big moral questions of our age?
What are the idols that get between us and God? And if we smash those idols with the hammer of active prayerful faith, letting go of the easy answers, false hopes, and brittle certainties of idolatry, what are we left with? A reflection on Exodus 32
Exodus 1-2 - a reflection on the way God's salvation flows into our world The birth of Moses and his infant deliverance is like a Christmas story for the people of Israel - it is the birth of salvation, the birth of freedom and healing and life and love. As at Christmas, the story [...]