Waranga Uniting Churches


The mystery of disappearing dirt

By on October 13, 2017

I’ve been digging a lot of holes lately. Trenches to be exact. To lay poly-pipe to carry water around the property. My problem is that when I go to put the dirt back in the hole that it came from

Sometimes when you win, you really lose

By on October 8, 2017

In the film “White Men Can’t Jump” Rosie Perez, who plays Woody Harrelson’s girlfriend, says to him at one point, “Sometimes when you win, you really lose. And sometimes when you lose, you really win. … Winning or losing is

Not the time or place

By on September 25, 2017

I don’t know what shocked me more: the two young men praying at the table next to me or the number of people using laptops and/or having earnest business meetings. It was 6.00p.m. and we had gone to a Canberra

A picture tells…

By on September 11, 2017

You know you are getting old when you are introduced to someone who is in their thirties and you find yourself saying, “I knew your Father.” So it was when in one of my visits to Dhurringile Prison that I

Thoughts on grief.

By on September 6, 2017

Grief is never what you expect it to be. Each death is different and gives rise to its own unique feelings and expressions. Each person who grieves does so from their own experiences and circumstances. There are tragic deaths, unexpected

Be kind. No Exceptions.

By on August 18, 2017

I was ordering a hamburger from my local fish and chip shop. I felt like a few chips with it, but when I looked at the menu board it said, “Minimum chips $4.00”. There are some things in life that

Choose life.

By on August 4, 2017

Some people have the ability to make good come out of evil. It has been 20 years since the Thredbo landslide disaster, the event that changed Stuart Diver’s life.  Recently Channel 9’s ‘60 Minutes’ featured a segment on the sole

The bits of ourselves that reside in other people’s minds.

By on July 25, 2017

In our everyday life remembering is the norm. We expect to be able to remember things, faces, names, and events. We make heroes of people with exceptional memory. We get worried when we have a “senior’s moment” and forget things

Wrong train but a good destination

By on July 24, 2017

I was doing the basics of my preparation for Sunday’s church services, between pruning the vineyard, getting ready for a meeting in Seymour, another meeting back at the vineyard, organising a fill-in player for our pool team, and the usual

The Sower

By on July 13, 2017

I can’t believe that there are not more hymns that directly relate to the parable of the sower (Matthew 13:1-9, Mark 4:1-20, Luke 6:4-15). Such a great multi-layered story. So with a little trepidation, here is my take on a