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Jesus the promised Messiah

Last Sunday, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Association of Canberra, in celebration of Harmony Day organised an event at the ACT Legislative Assembly to highlight the various teachings found in world religions regarding the concept of the Coming of the Promised Messiah (Reformer). I represented the Christian position and was joined with representatives from Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism and Islam. Here is a brief summary of my address: The word Messiah means ‘anointed one’ or ‘the chosen one’. In Old Testament times, prophets, priests and kings were anointed with oil when they were set apart for positions of responsibility. The history of Israel from the time of the prophets onwards is of a nation const

Responding to God’s call in our lives

At our baptism we answered God’s call, ‘Come, follow me.’ The Christian vocation is, in the words of the Gospel, a call to be ‘the salt of the earth, and the light of the world.’ Each one of us has our own unique call, in our families, in our work and in our world. It was a great joy to attend the recent Ordination of Deacons at St Saviour’s Cathedral, Goulburn. The four candidates came from diverse backgrounds and are all called by God to specific ministries within the life of the church. Wendy Anderson is a mum to four children and grandma to twelve grandchildren. “My calling to serve God came late in life,” she said. “God took a woman who was so broken that I didn’t think I could be whole

Lent requires making choices

By self-examination and repentance, by prayer and fasting, by self-denial and acts of generosity, and by reading and meditating on the Word of God, let us keep a holy Lent. These words introduce the Ash Wednesday liturgy in churches around the world. They are words that echo the ancient view that Lent is a special season – a holy season – that can be a great gift to all who observe this time of the Church’s Year. For Lent to be a holy season it requires making choices. It requires some conscious attention as to how we will live during these 40 days. The spiritual practices mentioned in the Ash Wednesday liturgy are practical things that every one of us can do: SELF-EXAMINATION: Ask yourself

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