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My Installation as Minister of Faith Free Presbyterian Church

My Installation was on Friday, January 4, 2019 The move to Faith Free Presbyterian Church in Greenville SC, was, in many ways, the toughest move my wife and I have ever had to make. Moving to Australia was exciting, even though we were sacrificing our jobs for what may have been a 6-12 month period…Continue readingMy Installation as Minister of Faith Free Presbyterian Church

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My Installation as Minister of Calgary Free Presbyterian Church

My installation was on Friday March 6, 2015 We arrived in Calgary on January 22, 2015, and I commenced my pulpit ministry on the Lord’s Day, January 25. The first few months in any new country are filled with practical matters: government paperwork, driver’s license, becoming familiar with the stores for groceries and other practical…Continue readingMy Installation as Minister of Calgary Free Presbyterian Church

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My Ordination

My ordination service was a great blessing In a day when it has become all too common for people to enter Christian ministry to be self-determining their ‘call,’ an orderly approach to the Christian ministry and church planting is welcomed. Like much of our modern world, people demand things occur much faster than they did…Continue readingMy Ordination

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Traveling to Tasmania (and the Longest Sleep Ever)

For my age, I’m a fairly seasoned traveller. I’m not Michael Palin, but I’ve seen my fair share. However, the trip from Northern Ireland to Tasmania was my longest continual journey so far. Here’s a little insight into what it was like, just so you know what you’re getting yourself in for if you ever…Continue readingTraveling to Tasmania (and the Longest Sleep Ever)

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Flights, family and friends, fun, and the future

No, I’m not dead, but I have been quieter than I had expected. After the fortnight in Perth, we began our 40 hour journey back to Northern Ireland, which included an 11 hour stop in Singapore. Actually, if you ever have to spend an extended time in an airport, Singapore is the place to do…Continue readingFlights, family and friends, fun, and the future

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Looking Back on My Time in South Australia

There’s such an irony about what we know as, ‘the pain of parting.’ On the one hand, it’s a horrible feeling, because you’re leaving something or someone that you love very much. On the other hand, if you didn’t feel that pain, you probably didn’t enjoy whatever it is you’re leaving behind. As I sit here…Continue readingLooking Back on My Time in South Australia

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25 Words I’ve Heard Australians Shorten

I’m sure we’re all guilty of shortening words occasionally. I know I do it, and where I’m from, some words are shortened so badly, it doesn’t even resemble the original word! Australians are good at it. Really good at it. For example, you’ve all heard of the term ‘Aussies’ I assume? Well, that’s just an appetiser.…Continue reading25 Words I’ve Heard Australians Shorten

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Flights Booked

Just because something is inevitable, doesn’t make it any easier to prepare for. Does it? Since the day we arrived in South Australia, we’ve been working away, knowing that it wouldn’t be forever. The end is now in sight, and we’ll be leaving the Eyre Peninsula on the 16th of June, and arriving in Northern Ireland…Continue readingFlights Booked

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Canberra: Australia’s Capital

With the weather not on our side for our Campervan adventure, it made perfect sense to drive a couple of hours northwest to Canberra on Saturday morning. Canberra ranks as one of the oddest capital cities I’ve ever visited. On a Saturday, when most cities are heaving with people, Canberra is dead. It’s weird, especially…Continue readingCanberra: Australia’s Capital

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Bondi Beach

On Thursday morning (Jan 17), we left the Blue Mountains, and headed across to the other side of Sydney to see Bondi, before beginning to head south. Allow me to just interject here. Now and then when you’re away from your homeland, you see something you’re totally not expecting to see. For example, the first…Continue readingBondi Beach