Persons of Faith – Rev Richard Johnson

Persons of Faith – Rev Richard Johnson

Rev Richard Johnson and his wife Mary arrived in Botany Bay with the First fleet in 1788. They faced precarious challenges. In letters to London Johnson often shared his heartfelt concerns. Two years after arrival the confronting circumstances remained.

  • I am Jonah.

    I am Jonah.

    Is it a push or a pull? One of the biggest questions I have ever been asked.

  • Wonderful tears in Salvation stories

    Wonderful tears in Salvation stories

    During the late 60s and early 70s I was a young man who followed the Lord and engaged in both a busy working life and elite sport. Yet, the most exciting part of my life at that time, was reading and hearing stories of ordinary people finding eternal Salvation in Jesus Christ.

  • One of these is ‘Hope’

    One of these is ‘Hope’

    Hope seems to be on our mind constantly at the start of each year. It’s a time where we can believe in ourselves to achieve great things and we believe we can see transformation in our lives and even believe we can finally have the healthy lifestyle we really want.

  • Finding your Voice

    Finding your Voice

    Often, in the midst of the uncertainty of life, we find it difficult to comprehend where we seem to be heading. I, for one, definitely feel the weight of pressure: the pressure to conform to what people in society want me to be; how those close to me wish I could be; and how I even dream of becoming something entirely different than my present state of being.

  • It’s that time of year

    It’s that time of year

    There are so many things to love about this time of year; the change in temperature and season, the particular flowers that bloom in these cooler months, the sunsets, the smell of the wood fire, the show! We also celebrate a few personal celebrations at this time of year too; our wedding anniversary falls at this time of year, our son’s birthday and our church’s expansion offering.

  • Comfort Food for the Brain

    Comfort Food for the Brain

    I don’t think of myself as particularly old, but I am old enough to remember when there was much less to choose from when it came to television and movies. Where I grew up there were only two channels and until we got a VCR if you didn’t tune in at the right time you missed out.

  • IT nerds in mission

    IT nerds in mission

    An article in my archives drew my attention  -  the Sydney Morning Herald’s Lucy Bettersby wrote fewer people than ever before are retaining their telephone landlines. Now it is 2019 – no surprise at all.

  • The armour of God: belt of truth

    The armour of God: belt of truth

    Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.

  • Ordinary Miracles

    Ordinary Miracles

    Miracles happen everyday. It’s a simple statement, one tossed around at times with an absent-minded smile. A miracle, according to The Webster Dictionary, is: “an extraordinary event manifesting divine intervention in human affairs.” Often when we speak about this ‘divine intervention’ as something that happens in everyday lives, it is impersonal, grand, and at many times, far beyond reality.

  • Distorted family perceptions

    Distorted family perceptions

    We all know, as Christians, that we have two families here on Earth: our fleshly family that we are born into, and of course our kingdom family.

  • Christians stand up

    Christians stand up

    In my previous article I wrote of how the case of Israel Folau demonstrates two important principles to Australians. One was that we see the open persecution of Christians who merely quote the Bible on social media, and the second was that we see a powerful example of a strong man of God who is prepared to stand in faith despite vilification, attacks, discrimination, mistreatment, harassment and exclusion from his career and the sport he loves.