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pericope – noun – An extract or selection from a book, especially a reading from Scripture that forms part of a church service. The online musings of Chris Rowney.

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ABBA* : Thank you for the muse…

“A Torrent of Clichés” and “As superficial and monotonous as the music at its centre” Read The Age Article Here… I don’t usually comment before reading or watching something for myself, but these lines, from the New York Timesand Newsday’scritics of the movie Hillsong: Let Hope Risebrought an image to mind as I reflected on the subjective nature of a

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Life is a Story

I like to say that Religions are the rules that humanity has come up with to try to appease an angry God, while Christianity is the Story of what a loving God has done to reach and restore us. We are spending time looking at different stories, aspects of ‘story’ and storytelling in the sermons at Torquay Christian Fellowship. Here

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Is it arrogant to pray for small things?

I’ve seen this meme with a Ricky Gervais quote often in the past year or so.. I do get the point this meme wants to make, but I’m not sure it doesn’t in fact miss the point of prayer altogether… for example I have some friends that, if I ask them to help me find my lost keys would happily

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Drawn not Driven, A Sweeter Song…

  Audio is quality is not great as it is from a digital recorder just in my top pocket, but in this session I share some of my journey to faith and the factors that keep me gazing upon God.

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ABBA* : Thank you for the muse…

“A Torrent of Clichés” and “As superficial and monotonous as the music at its centre” Read The Age Article Here… I don’t usually comment before reading or watching something for myself, but these lines, from the New York Times and Newsday’s critics of the movie Hillsong: Let Hope Rise brought an image to mind as I reflected on the subjective

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Is this “Pasta” for real

A few days ago this article appeared in the local press, of someone being photographed in their “Pastafarian” garb of wearing a colander on their head for use on their drivers licence. http://m.theage.com.au/…/pastafarian-gets-victorian-drivers… Now I appreciate, and actually find both amusing and poignant, the Flying Spaghetti Monster concept and the arguments it makes against religious beliefs, but have concerns about

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How can there be a God in a world of such horrors?

In recent weeks the most harrowing stories have come to light of incidents in the north of Iraq and Syria where death is not just commonplace, but death of the most brutal kind.  On some forums there are those who repeat the refrain “Where is God in all this?” or “How can there be a good God in the midst

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