Practical and Pastoral – Ted Curnow
Pastoral and Devotional resources from the Reverend Ted (E.A.) Curnow member of the ACC Cranbourne Cluster (Victoria).
Prayers for Sexuality and Marriage
With issues of Government, Marriage and Sexuality so prominent today, Rev E.A. Curnow provides two prayers for use in Public Worship.
Ted Curnow reflects on the parable of the sower in Matthew 13, a story that Jesus told ithat ntroduces us to a number of important insights about the Kingdom of God. It encourages us to recognise that good and evil will always be present. It encourages us to be patient, to live in hope and to trust in the final purposes of God.
The insights of Major W. Ian Thomas take us to the heart of the Christian gospel.
Instead of a focus on our trying we are invited to live in the awareness of Christ’s risen presence now.
This statement is the introduction to a booklet available from the Assembly of Confessing Congregations within the Uniting Church. In making it available here it is hoped that others will want assist with the wide circulation of this helpful explanation, through churches and congregations.
This introduction, is part of a booklet entitled, “Declaration on Marriage and the Family” that sets out a sound biblical understanding of sexuality and marriage.
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Sometimes we have thought big is better while in God’s economy, small has often been beautiful. The small group could be said to be a primary expression of church. Reflect on the place of the small group in the life of your church and the priority it is given.
A renewed connection: God's transforming love shown over the decades.
Is the Christian gospel simply one of many world religions? Some advocate the convergence of all world religions as if there are many ways to God. Christianity does not fit into assumptions largely bases on attitudes on mind. Christianity is based on God’s self-revelation in the historical act of Jesus Christ, his life death and resurrection.
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Over the Easter period the community enjoys a holiday weekend. While the commercial world trivialises Easter, for Christian people Christ’s death and resurrection are central in human history. The Easter events free us from death and enable us to face the future with confidence. This great festival of the Christian faith needs to be publicly celebrated with enthusiasm. Here are some suggestions for Easter 2017 from Rev. E.A. Curnow.
An introduction explaining the resource “The Story of Colliding Worlds.”
The Church is caught in a remarkable period of rapid cultural change.
Many Christians grieve over the loss of the past. Others are passionate about moving ahead. This resource explains two very different world-views and ways of thinking, the colliding of two worlds. It calls the church to face change, to faithfully discern the truth and with courage to be loyal in following Christ into the future.
Download the paper (PDF 9 pages)