The Importance of Time

Time is of great significance to us as Christians. Unlike the belief systems of many of the other religions of the…

Paradox

This sermon was preached by Dr Brian Farran, Lord Bishop of Newcastle at the Commissioning of The Reverend Canon David…

The Alms Box

When Fr Stephen asked me to preach this morning it came with one caviat, that given that he will be…

Mary the Mother of God

My wife Luisa and I are beginning to get our heads around the prospect of moving house again, and whilst…

Apostolic Ministry

What does the word ‘evangelism’ mean to you?  Father Stephen and the Parish Ministry Team, as a part of our…

Joy and Hope

“I bring you good news of great joy for all the people,” says the angel, “to you is born this…

Priesthood

One of the questions that has regularly haunted me since my arrival in the Diocese is the question that goes…

Being Ready

I worked out this week, as I was reading and pondering the parable which we have just heard that I…

Blessing

I do not know how many of you have a favourite saint, or a favourite story from the lives of…

Ascension with Christ

It was business as usual for most of us today. There was no special holiday to celebrate this great Festival…

First Mass

One of the questions that has regularly challenged me since my arrival in the Diocese is the question that goes…

Families

I am not able to be all of the things that my sons want me to be.  It is a…

Living Life to the Full

What kinds of images were conjured up in your mind by the word ‘hell’ when you heard it in the…

Following

‘Come,’ is an important word in our family, we have been using it now for a number of years.  When…

Eucharistic Adoration

We have come here this afternoon to do a number of things together.  Firstly, and what is most important to…

At the Font

There are baptismal fonts of all shapes and sizes in the churches of our Diocese.  Some fonts are so small…

Christ the King

What we believe, and how we express what we believe is a complicated business for members of all religious groups,…

Discerning Leaders

Luisa and I, and our four sons, have just returned from a family holiday in Fiji.  Once again my boys…

Storms

This morning’s Gospel reading describes a short interval in the life of Jesus and his disciples.  Jesus has been teaching,…

Imagining a Round Table

In the process of moving from primary to secondary schools I was required to sit a number of examinations.  I…

Identity and Elections

What does it mean to be who we are? This weekend across our great country Australians have been participating in…

Urgency

I do not know whether you ever wonder, as you gather here on Sunday mornings, how the readings from scripture…

Christian Unity

We are familiar with the idea, that in different ways, the last thing that somebody says to us is of…

Changing the Rules

This morning in our Epistle reading we find ourselves caught up in the words of Peter, who is describing to…

The Good Shepherd

I have been struggling this week in preparation for ‘Good Shepherd Sunday’ to be excited about being numbered as one…

In Honour of Saint Thomas

What would you think if I told you that I had seen Bishop Tyrrell (the first Bishop of Newcastle) riding…

Forgiveness

As Christian leaders we are faced with questions every day.  Questions tell us what is of most significance to the…

Midnight

Sometimes Christmas can feel like an endless and wearing project, trying to keep everyone happy — living in overdrive without…

New Beginnings

In today’s Gospel reading we are confronted, for a brief moment by the strange and other-worldly figure of John, son…

The New Christian Year

The first Sunday of Advent  heralds for Christians the beginning of our new Christian liturgical year.   We begin once again…

The Glory of the Cross

The world held its breath as a boy stood in front of a tank in Tianamin Square – an image…

Hard Times Ahead

I appreciate, very much, the opportunity to travel around, and to meet with Brothers and Sisters in Christ across the…

Starting Again

When I was growing up in London my family taught me to take reading the Bible seriously.  I had a…

Community

Two weeks ago our Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd launched the Australian edition of the Poverty and Justice Bible.  Whatever you…

The Way of the Cross

Recently I had a very strange experience on a visit to another Parish in another region of the Diocese.   In…

Change

There are a whole series of jokes around the place about Anglicans and change… you may have heard some of…

Eucharist

There is no escaping the fact that each of the four Gospels provide us with very different glimpses into the…

Listening

When I was first ordained in the Diocese of Perth I was appointed to a strange role which included being…

Pentecost

Shavu’ot  is one of the three great historical and agricultural festivals in Judaism, the other two are the festival of…

Fear

A few weeks ago, our family re-lived the drama of the Old Testament reading which we have heard this morning. …

The Priority of Mission

I want you to imagine, if you will this morning, a large glass bowl, sitting on a table – picture…

Skeptics

There is a wonderful chain reaction in our Gospel reading this morning, as we continue (during this Christmas season) to…

Water

75% of the world is covered with water. 97% of the earth’s water is in the oceans. It takes over…

Perspective and Parables

Luisa and I live in the next suburb to Merewether. Like some of you, we are not strictly speaking parishioners…

Wearing Masks

On the Friday which has just passed, people around the world, including here in Australia, celebrated Halloween, a festival which…

Two Brothers

When I was at primary school I decided that it would be a good idea for me to learn a…

Our Labour

All over the world this week, in cities and towns and villages, men and women will line up in queues…

Cheesemakers

“Blessed are… what did he say?  Blessed are…  who!” Crowds of people, gathered around Jesus, strain to hear what he…

A Glass of Water

When I first arrived in this Diocese I was invited to preach at one of our smaller rural congregations. The…

Real Presence

Yesterday I booked air tickets for Luisa and I, and our boys, to fly to Perth to be with our…

Being Sent

When I was growing up we were taught in Sunday School each year on Trinity Sunday that although one plus…

The Ascension of Christ

There is no special holiday to celebrate the Ascension, as there is at Christmas and Easter. It was work as…

Baptism

I am not known for my sporting prowess. It has become easier over the years to hide my lack of…

In Search of a Round Table

Have you ever experienced that terrible feeling, of being at a dinner, party when everything is going wrong?  When the…

Groundhog Day

Yesterday, the 2nd February, the world – or at least Americans and a few international onlookers -celebrated Groundhog Day.  Fifteen…

Wholeness

How do we respond to the miracle accounts that we find in the Gospels? What do they mean for us…

Angels

What would you say to your neighbour, if you were asked what it means to be an Anglican?  A lot…

Communication

If you watch the international news, you might have noticed a very strange communication event which has been developing over…

Love

How do you get on with your neighbours?  As I look back over the years I have always been very…

Borrowing for Mission

I wonder if any of you have heard of the Borrowers?  The Borrowers are little people, just a few inches…

Bearing God’s Image

“Why didn’t you make me win God? I’ve been praying to you about this all week!”  A clearly distressed man…

The Least Expected Voices

If my words this morning are somewhat incoherent, it is because I flew back to these wind-swept shores on Friday…

Doing Tradition

“Our Mother Jesus gives birth to a new creation — and you and I are his children.”  Those words have…

Surprise

Alleluia! Christ is risen!  He is risen indeed!  Alleluia! A young man rose from poverty and obscurity, to a place…

Clearing Away the Clutter

I am captivated by the idea of treasure islands. I grew up on a healthy diet of stories about shipwrecked…

Too Busy Not to Pray

There are always more urgent things to do than pray. In fact sometimes there are so many things to do…

Candlemass

During this last week the world, or at least America and a few international onlookers, celebrated Groundhog Day. If you…

Three Kings

“Deep desires, even obsessions, can arise now. Seduction is lurking in the shadows of your heart and you may be…

Hope

Dare I ask how much have you spent on Christmas this year? $10? $100? $500? $1,000? Really, do you know…

God’s Love to the World

Is it still possible for a country like Australia to celebrate Christmas? You may have picked up that there has…

New Year’s Resolutions

Without much attention from the rest of the world, a new monarch came to power yesterday afternoon. We are not…

The Total Christ

If you haven’t worked out by now that I have a strong devotion to the saints, then you haven’t been…

Bearing the Image

“Why didn’t you make me win God? I’ve been praying to you about this all week!” A clearly distressed man…

Golden Calf

What do you do when no one is watching you? Are there secret things which you do and which you…

Distractions

When I was at primary school I decided that it would be a good idea for me to learn a…

Extravagant Generosity

All over the world this week, in cities in almost every country, men and women will line up in queues…

A Rock and a Hard Place

There are some very seductive messages going around at the moment in Christian communities in Perth, you may have heard…

Headless Chickens

I found myself looking last night at the website for Guinness World Records, I don’t know how I got to…

Yes

If I had arrived here in Australia, not as a priest, but instead as a sociologist, who had been sent…

Perspective

What do you see when you look at this glass of water? This is an old old question of course…

Welcoming Seekers

Who are we talking to when we meet together as the Church? (Just think for a moment how you would…

Being the Body

There are a number of things going on here in our Church this morning. Firstly, and primarily we are here…

Good News for Greenwood

Remarks at Commissioning as Parish Priest of the Anglican Parish of Greenwood Last Christmas, (our first Christmas here as a…

Thankfulness

“David Battrick: this is your life!” Every now and again in a moment of day dreaming (and there have been…

Corpus Christi

Whenever my family gets together for a meal it feels a little like a multi-faith dialogue conference.

Passion

You’re in the centre of Perth on a shopping trip and suddenly you become aware that all the traffic on…

God in Our Midst

Not many years ago, when I was at a different college from this one, on the other side of Oxford,…

Forgetfulness

Did you hear our Gospel reading this morning?  And if you heard it, would you be able to tell me…

Transformation

Huddled together in an upper room, the doors bolted shut for fear of those outside who might find them and…

Surprised by Joy

It is difficult for us this morning to feel the same feelings as the first disciples did on the morning…

Amidst the Palm Branches

Who is this Jesus?  Who is this Jesus the one who is called the Christ? In an exhibition in London’s…