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Being Australian, being Christian

A sermon by Rod Benson Matthew 22:15-22 “Aussie, Aussie, Aussie! Oi, oi, oi!” Brothers and sisters of the Australian soil, I greet you. On Tuesday Australia celebrates its birthday, in recognition of that defining event of national history, the arrival of the First Fleet of British ships at Port Jackson, […]

Why forgive?

A sermon by Rod Benson Matthew 18:21-35 Forgiveness is a gift we all like to receive, but we don’t all like to give. English writer and apologist C.S. Lewis said that forgiveness is a beautiful word, until you have something to forgive. One of Lewis’s mentors, G.K. Chesterton, said that forgiveness […]

Guess how much God loves you

A Christmas Day sermon by Rod Benson When my three boys were very young, I used to read to them in the evening, and one of my favourites was a 1994 British children’s book, Guess How Much I Love You, masterfully written by Sam MaBratney and beautifully illustrated by Anita […]

Standards for pastors and elders

A sermon by Rod Benson 1 Timothy 3:1-7 Perhaps it’s because of the high value our culture places on individual expression and choice, or because respected authority figures are now and then exposed as hypocrites or abuse their authority. Or perhaps it is the nature of authority to challenges our […]

Standards for men and women

A sermon by Rod Benson 1 Timothy 2:8-15 The thing about pendulums is that they swing back and forth. The pendulum of business psychology and self-improvement appears to be swinging away from emphases like passion, competence and commitment, and toward qualities such as character, virtue and human values. A new […]

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