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Oneness and marriage

I remember the first dating and sex talk I ever heard at youth group.  Once a boy and a girl decided to date the question was always “how far is too far?”  I distinctly remember one of the approaches (for boys) was the ‘bikini rule’ – you don’t touch what the bikini touches!  In retrospect, […]

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Pentecost 2017

This year Pentecost Sunday falls on 4th June – 50 days from Easter Sunday (Easter Sunday included).  Pentecost is a less celebrated holy-day than Christmas and Easter, but equally as important in the Christian calendar.  It is also less celebrated by the world – it hasn’t been captured for its commercial value or by the […]

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Holy Week: preparing our hearts for Easter

Holy week is the week leading up to Easter Sunday.  In the Christian calendar it is the last week of Lent.  During Holy Week, Christians remember the Passion of Christ (from Late Latin: passionem meaning “suffering” or “enduring”).  We contemplate His death on Good Friday to turn aside God’s wrath so that we could be […]

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Feedback from Church Forum

Our church is in the process of changing our leadership structure to include Elders.  Although the process has been slow, I wanted to ensure that matters were covered thoroughly and that all church members had opportunity for input, questions and reflection. One of the outcomes of the January 2017 church meeting was to put the […]

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A new year of new possibilities

Although it may be a bit late to welcome you into 2017 (in February!), each new year brings with it freshness, creativity and new energy.  There are two particular ‘new’ things that will bring this energy to ECCC.  One is a person and the other is an opportunity. New person One of the outcomes of […]

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Christmas is about worship

I think it is easy as a Christian to rail against the fact that Christmas has been stolen from Christians: the reason for the season is not the Christ-child but Christmas presents, staff parties, and arguments over “merry Christmas” versus “season greetings”. Rather than become negative and critical, spending our time saying what we are […]

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Elders and Deacons

As most of you will be aware, our church is in the process of reviewing our leadership structure. I have written previously in The Challenge about the proposed new structure. More recently I have preached two sermons on the qualifications and rolls of the Elders and Deacons. In this article, I will capture the salient […]

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(Re)defining our terms

Every now and then my sons come home from school with a new word. Usually it is a word I know but they are clearly using it in a new way. Sometimes I pick up the meaning from the context but often I have to ask (clearly I am getting old)! Most times the explanations […]

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