Everything you wanted to know about Christianity
inside the Anglican Parish of the Otways church...
right here, every week except...
Sundays and public holidays...LOL Just kidding! :-)
Please join me each week for our reflections
of sermons conducted during our church service.
Plus, occasional splashes of humour and epiphanies!
With much Love and Blessings
Rev. Jenny Brandon
THE parable of the talents is among the most abused texts in the New Testament.
Contrary to what might be modelled by some best-selling evangelists, the parable does not justify a gospel of economic prosperity.
IN Philippians chapter 3,
Paul used the image of a race
to picture the Christian life
as one of constant movement into God's future.
Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. Phllippians 3:13-14
MY Gran was big on proverbs,
she had a saying or silly song for everything,
but she was particularly big on perseverance proverbs.
"When the going gets tough, the tough get going,"
MOTIVES are a tricky phenomenon,
primarily because there is always the temptation
of having mixed motives.
IN 2006, 5 Amish school girls were killed and 11 wounded,
by a shooter in Pennsylvania.
The Amish community
not only comforted the shooter’s wife and children,
they forgave him.
could not understand how they could forgive
as they mourned the death of their own innocent children.
Initially Aidan was sent as a missionary to Northumbria
at the request of King Oswald, not long after a
missionary called Corman – had returned claiming that
he had had no success in his missionary work, saying
the people were unteachable and too stubborn.
I LOVE gardening! Whenever I can get a day to myself I love to spend it in my garden, weeding, pruning and generally enjoying the birds and critters who inhabit the garden. Being winter, I have recently set about pruning my roses, quite a job because I have 21 of them.
Over the last couple of years I have been unable to give them a really good prune due to illness and other commitments but this year I was able to set aside a couple of days to get them done.
WHEN working with our indigenous students
in the Northern Territory, one young man,
who pretty much only owned the clothes
he stood up in, was able to buy some
shoes, the only shoes he owned.
They were his pride and joy.
But when another student was in need of a pair of shoes,
he willingly gave up those shoes
because he deemed his fellow student’s need to be greater.
I’M going to begin by sharing a couple of truths with you.
First of all, everyone needs healing. That’s right…everyone. Some of us might have a need for physical healing, but all of us, every single one of us, has a need for spiritual healing. We’re not all physically ill, but we are all sinners.
The parables of the Kingdom in Matthew 13 had a unique purpose in Jesus ministry.
It was with these parables that Jesus sought to test the hearts of the crowds
and to force them to commit either to be with him
or against him.
About the author
Rev. Jenny is an ordained Priest of the Anglican Diocese delivering services at Anglican Parish of the Otway churches every week.
With great depth of knowledge and a spiritual practice that shows she walks her talk and has taken her to the far reaches of N.T. Australia working with indigenous youth and elders.