Entries by lisamcintosh

Learning can help bring change

Some years ago, Angela Mayer says God led her to work in men’s behaviour change programs and, through the people she met, she became passionate about working to improve the lives of families experiencing domestic violence. ‘We can change people’s lives, increase safety and help them feel the love of God in their homes and families’, she says.

New bishop elected for NSW-ACT District

Pastor Richard Schwedes will be the next bishop of the New South Wales and Australian Capital Territory District of the LCANZ. Pastor Richard, who will also have oversight of the Lutheran Church of New Zealand, was elected during the district’s 40th Convention of Synod at Wagga Wagga NSW in March.

Doin’ it all to the glory of God

In the Hoff family, teaching isn’t the only thing that runs in the blood. So does the sentiment embroidered on a family tapestry hand-sewn by Rob Hoff’s maternal grandmother Elsa Sickerdick: ‘Faith without service means nothing.’ It is a motto that Elsa’s grandson Rob Hoff takes to heart.

Are we falling for the beauty myth?

Many of us have heard the saying ‘beauty is only skin deep’ or the notion that having a good personality is more important than being good-looking. But do we really believe that? Do we spend an unhealthy amount of time, energy and money on our physical appearance, or do we want to look our best simply because our bodies are a temple of the Holy Spirit?

New life in old stamps

There’s special symbolism in a small wooden Christmas tree sitting in the local Lutheran church in the regional Victorian town of Nhill. Not only does it remind us of the birth of Jesus Christ, but this tree’s peculiar decorations also remind us of the new life Jesus brings. This is because the adornments completely covering the tree’s trunk and boughs are damaged, used postage stamps.

NSW-ACT District provides oversight for LCNZ

With the Lutheran Church of New Zealand unable to elect a bishop at its 2023 Synod, the LCANZ’s College of Bishops has asked the NSW and ACT District to provide oversight for the LCNZ until the next synod in two years, including the NSW-ACT bishop making two-week visiting tours of all New Zealand churches twice yearly.


The power of Christian community

Dietrich Bonhoeffer described Christian community as ‘a reality created by God in Christ in which we may participate’. ‘The more clearly we learn to recognise that the strength of all our community is in Christ alone, the more calmly we will think about our community and pray and hope for it’, he said.