Alex Bainton

God is on the Throne
There’s an expression, “The big picture”. We might say of someone, ‘he is a big picture person’, or ‘she’s got a big picture of this’. In other words, he/she’s got a big view of things. A C.E.O might have a big picture; a P.M. or Premier might have a big picture. Read more

I go to prepare a place.
Heart trouble is a common problem, perhaps indicated by the number of by-pass and stent operations. But there’s another type of heart trouble too - the sort of heart trouble that we hear about in today’s reading in John. Jesus said to his disciples, “Let not your hearts be troubled.” And so, his disciples had troubled hearts. Read more

A well known Text
Some Bible texts are well-known and liked by many Christians. This may be because they go to the heart of the Christian faith, encourage us, and express profound truths simply. Maybe one such text is given to us in today’s bible reading. I’m referring of course to John 3:l6. Let me requote it, using the King James translation, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life. Read more

The Transfiguration
The Transfiguration of Jesus I don’t know whether you have ever climbed a high mountain or had a ‘mountain top’ experience? I once climbed up St Mary’s Peak at Wilpena Pound with our son Tim, and we enjoyed a breath-taking view of the Pound and Flinders’ Ranges. And last month when Cheryl and I were at the Flinders for a few days we climbed up to ‘Alison’s Saddle’ at Rawnsley Park Station and had a great view of the valley and distant ranges and Rawnsley Bluff. Read more