I was reading around this morning and discovered the new ‘Social Issues Executive’ website. Terrible name, great website.
I was particularly heartened to see the lastest Briefing paper, entitled ‘Who has a Disability?’ Having had direct and intimate contact with a person with a ‘disability’ and knowing the issues that face someone like that entering into ‘mainstream’ society, I was glad to see some thinking on the issue and some resources being provided for churches to think through their approach to welcoming and including these people.
There are more people with ‘disabilities’ in our community than most people realise. According to the 2003 census, 1 in 5 people in Australia have a disability. Knowing some families of children with disablities, their experience is a hard one, where they have to constantly fight as advocates for information and access. Of all places, the church should be a place where they should not have to fight as hard, if at all.
I highly commend this paper written by Andrew Cameron, and the links that he provides to resources for churches to think through their approach.
Some good questions were asked via the sms during the sermon last Sunday at 7pm:
When going through trials do you think having wisdom means you will understand God’s master plan?- If you’re not seeing the big picture is that an indication of lack of wisdom?
Referring to James 1:6; I often find myself doubting and asking questions of my faith- How am I to help this? And is it natural to doubt as a growing Christian?
I see wisdom as an individual pursuit, but how can we encourage the foolish among us to seek wisdom, especially when they seem to think they are already mature & even more so when they are also in positions of authority?
Just how does a person ‘do joy’ when they are faced with redundancy or serious medical news?
For my attempt to answer these, check out the St Pauls Staff Blog here.
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I had the thrill of hosting Paul Barnett at St Pauls for a breakfast on the book of James.
Read about it here
Its not too late to enter any sort of art form into the St Pauls arts festival known as ‘Maker 09’ – know your maker, be a maker.
Details here or here.
Edit: lilnks fixed – sorry about that!!
I’m now part of a new blog. It is the staff blog of St Paul’s Castle Hill, found here: www.stpaulscastlehill.org.au/staffblog. Come check it out!
The idea is to provide a direct link from all the staff to the people of the church (and beyond), to let them know ‘from the horse’s mouth’ what is going on. You can hear from all members of staff, on everything from what books they are reading, to events that are coming up, to thoughts from personal devtion time, to whatever!
It is an exciting development in the life of the church, I think. I will be reproducing some of the stuff from there here, but this will still be a place where I can muse more personally on things.
Our Senior Minister, John Gray, has also launched a personal blog, with particular musings on the topic of leadership, and regular entries from his personal daily journalling in the Bible. Defintely worth a look.
“God is like a pitcher tilted on toward his children, just waiting to pour wisdom over the trial-parched landscape of their lives, if they will but ask.”
Kent Hughes on James 1:5
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