Rev Gordon Robinson 60th Year of Ordained Ministry

Today we celebrate with Gordon this great milestone in ministry. He has had a long and varied ministry after studying and practicing civil engineering.  After ministries on the north Shore and inner city Gordon ministered in the Parish of Bondi for 39 years. 

He also lectured at the Church Army Evangelism College and served as SAMS Home Secretary for many years.  Through SAMS he met his wife Jean a returned SAMS missionary.  We are blessed by Gordon’s example of servant hearted ministry combined with a passion for the honour of the Lord Jesus and the salvation of those lost without Him.  Gordon continues to minster with us in many many ways including nursing homes and visitation, LIFE group and church, grounds and gardens, prayer and leadership.  We thank God for you Gordon and celebrate your ministry among us.

Bishop Peter hayward writes, “On behalf of the Anglican Diocese of Sydney I want to extend a hearty ‘well done faithful servant of the Lord’ to Rev Gordon Robinson on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of his ordination. The author of Hebrews reminds us that we are to continually recall those who have faithfully exercised ministry leadership, so as to be spurred on to imitate their faith. In Gordon Robinson God has given such a man and as a diocese we honour him for his 60 years of ordained ministry.”

Does God rule over sin or does it overrule his plans and purposes?

Many of us struggle with this issue either as a philosophical conundrum or as a personal challenge from our experience suffering.  I believe questions like this need to be addressed, not avoided or ignored. In Genesis 50:15-21 we read, When Joseph’s brothers saw that their father was dead, they said, “It may be that Joseph will hate us and pay us back for all the evil that we did to him.” So they sent a message to Joseph, saying, “Your father gave this command before he died: ‘Say to Joseph, “Please forgive the transgression of your brothers and their sin, because they did evil to you.” ’ And now, please forgive the transgression of the servants of the God of your father.” Joseph wept when they spoke to him.  His brothers also came and fell down before him and said, “Behold, we are your servants.” But Joseph said to them, “Do not fear, for ham I in the place of God? As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today. So do not fear; I will provide for you and your little ones.” Thus he comforted them and spoke kindly to them.

I commend John Piper’s recent short podcast as helpful on this issue.  He explains how the same act can come from both the will of man and from the will of God with two very different goals and motivations.  You can find it at www.desiringgod.org/labs/does-god-rule-over-sin?

                                                        Your brother and pastor, Graham Crew