Two bishops and an FA cup final – Graham Coyle

By anyone’s standards this weekend has been a bit special.  When there is a convergence of unusual or special events in our lives we should stop to ask the Lord what, if anything, He is saying to us.  Here is my perspective, I’m not claiming that it’s any more insightful that any other, simply that it is mine and I offer it for your own consideration.

It all started on Saturday morning with the build up to the royal wedding. 

Easter 2018 blog – Beckie Cox

“Why do you look for the living amongst the dead? He is not here, he has risen!” – Luke 24:6

Easter weekend is one of those strange moments in the year, it’s a time to remember, to feel pain and sadness and also to celebrate and enjoy new life.  As I’ve reflected on the gospel accounts of Jesus’ death and resurrection this week, I’ve been impacted again by the power and joy we can find in God in our everyday lives.

Whose day is it today? – Megan Campbell

This is a ‘guest blog’ written by a friend of my daughter Lizzie.  Megan Campbell is at Hillsong’s college in Sydney at the moment and writes of some of her experiences.

“Whose day is it today?”

a question that often frequents my lips as I walk into our kitchen and there’s dishes piling up and jobs to do.

“I can’t be bothered to help stack the chairs, it’s not my job”

a thought that pops into my mind as my class help tidy the room at the end of the day.

“They won’t notice if I’m on Instagram, I can pretend I’m taking notes”

an excuse I make when I can’t be bothered to listen and pay attention.

Sometimes in a big church like Hillsong, you can feel unnecessary, unseen, just another face in the crowd. Sometimes in this big world that we live in, you can feel unnecessary, unseen, just another face in the crowd.

But I’ve learnt recently

Hit it with a Hammer – Mark Summers

“Hit it with a hammer!” was not the advice I was expecting to hear. I know DIY. I built my own house. So when the balcony floor was leaking into our bedroom because mice found the bitumen coated subfloor to be appetizing, I knew what I had to do. When you have sunken screwheads that are seized due to long exposure to the elements, there can be only one option: Power tools! Big ones! Coupled with newly purchased HSS titanium drill bits (made in the USA no less!) Hoohaa! The screws didn’t stand a chance and the floorboards will be up in no time, I thought to myself. I smugly set to drilling out the 50 plus screws that secured the floorboards down. 3 screws later the first drill bit was blunt. The enormity of the task slowly began to dawn on me and my heart began to sink. I only had 2 drill bits left.

Two Encounters with Jesus – Graham Coyle

Jesus was on His way to Jerusalem to face the ordeal of the cross and to secure salvation for everyone, ever, through His death and resurrection.  He went via Jericho and on His way in to the town there was a blind guy, Bartimaeus.  (Mark 10:46-52, Luke 18:35-43)  Bartimaeus was at the bottom of every social scale that existed, even his name, Son of Timaeus means ‘son of filth’.  If ever anyone was to qualify for inclusion in a group of those who were socially marginalised and oppressed, Bartimaeus was one.  This was not shaping up to be an encounter of significance.