Practical and Pastoral – Ted Curnow
Rev Ted Curnow provides a range of comments and reflections on Christmas from a helpful stable of Christian sources.
Some time ago it was an Anglican minister in Sydney Rev. Martin Robinson, who pointed out that vast changes are happening in the history of the world on a scale that only happen every 300 to 400 years. He suggested that something similar to the collapse of the Medieval era and rise of the Modern world was occurring in our time. He pointed out that as the West drifts from its Christian heritage we are left with no basis for a shared common understanding of social boundaries. Psychiatrist Carl Yung has said the neurosis of the Western World in our time is ‘emptiness.’ The Prophet Isaiah watched the decline of Israel and brought a message of doom to Jerusalem but amid judgement God spoke into the chaos and said, “Behold I am doing a new thing, now it springs forth.”
Rev. Ted Curnow presents a reflection on the new situation in the UCA -
A clear change of direction is occurring among those in the Uniting Church who oppose the Assembly decision to create a new doctrine of Christian marriage. While some have moved on to other churches others are growing and consolidating their understanding in what it means to be faithful, compassionate and missional.
Rev. Ted Curnow addresses a practical question is,--- Are our prayers of confession a necessary regular up-date to guarantee our acceptance by God?
Rev Ted Curnow encourages us to take time to pray for those occasions when family relationships break down or where upon a persons death no obvious restoration or healing has taken place. The prayers provided aim to help people honestly face up to their frailty, the fact of a broken relationship, to seek forgiveness and to bring finality and healing to those who’s lives have been marked by unfinished business.
Peter Adams, Vicar Emeritus at St Judes Carlton provides this reflection on persistent prayer .
Reprinted by permission: ‘Boundless,’ CMS Victoria. Winter 2019.
Rev Ted Curnow provides a new listing of helpful resources and comments for ministers and leaders.
Rev Ted Curnow provides a 'cluster' of prayers for worship.
Rev Ted Curnow explores the increasingly public question of food today.
Another helpful bag of tasty bits and pieces worth exploring and following up. It contains a range of resources, quotations and suggestions meant for you and the local church that are Practical and Pastoral.
from Rev Ted Curnow