ABC Beginnings in the 1930s

Published: Sunday, 02 March 2014

An address given by Geoff Pound at Ashburton Baptist Church on 2 March 2014.

The Scripture reading: 2 Corinthians 4: 8-12

Come with me in your mind to the early 1930s here in Melbourne.

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Australia was in the grip of 'The Great Depression'. At the time of the Stock Market crash on Wall Street in 1929 unemployment in Australia was already at 10%.


 For most of the 1930s unemployment doubled to 20% and in 1932 had reached the point where 30% of Australians were out of work.

This was a time of extreme hardship and unprecedented unrest. 



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God, Why are you so terrifyingly near?

Published: Sunday, 09 February 2014

Keith CA Dietrich Bonhoeffer-themed sermon preached by Rev Dr Keith Clements at the Ashburton Baptist Church, Melbourne, on 9 February 2014, the day before he commenced an intensive course on Dietrich Bonhoeffer at Whitley College.

Readings: Jeremiah 20: 7-12; Ephesians 4:1-8.

Text: Jeremiah 20:7: O Lord, you have enticed me, and I was enticed; you have overpowered me, and you have prevailed.

There are many people who say they have no use for God, first of all because God doesn’t exist, and they have no use for illusions; but even if God did exist, they say, he would be irrelevant to their lives as human beings today. Sceptics, atheists, agnostics, secularists, call them what you will. Then there are people who say they do find God, or at any rate “religion” useful in their lives. Perhaps very useful indeed. 

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Asking ‘Why’ on Y Street

Published: Sunday, 02 February 2014

whyThis sermon was preached at the Ashburton Baptist Church by Geoff Pound on 2 February 2014, the occasion of the induction of new pastor, Lucy Johnson.



Reading: Psalm 42: 1-11

As a deer longs for flowing streams,
    so my soul longs for you, O God.
2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
When shall I come and behold the face of God?

3 My tears have been my food
    day and night,
while people say to me continually,
    “Where is your God?”
These things I remember,
as I pour out my soul:
    and led them in procession to the house of God,
with glad shouts and songs of thanksgiving,
    a multitude keeping festival.
5 Why are you cast down, O my soul,
    and why are you disquieted within me?
Hope in God; for I shall again praise him,
    my help 6 and my God.

My soul is cast down within me;
    therefore I remember you
from the land of Jordan and of Hermon,
    from Mount Mizar.
7 Deep calls to deep
    at the thunder of your cataracts;
all your waves and your billows
    have gone over me.
8 By day the Lord commands his steadfast love,
    and at night his song is with me,
    a prayer to the God of my life.

I say to God, my rock,
    “Why have you forgotten me?
Why must I walk about mournfully
    because the enemy oppresses me?”
10 As with a deadly wound in my body,
    my adversaries taunt me,
while they say to me continually,
    “Where is your God?” Why are you cast down, O my soul,
    and why are you disquieted within me?
Hope in God; for I shall again praise him,
    my help and my God.

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Energising Giving

Published: Sunday, 15 September 2013

This address, based on the Scripture passage in 2 Corinthians 9: 6-15, was given by Geoff Pound on 15 September 2013 at the Ashburton Baptist Church.

givingGiving as Divine Calling and Human Instinct

In an interview with Michael Parkinson, Sir David Frost shared how he and a colleague were flying in a small helicopter over New York City. Unfortunately, the engines on the helicopter failed and it looked like they’d have to land somewhere in Central Park.

As the helicopter was losing altitude, the pilot turned to Frost and his friend and he shouted:

“We’re going to crash! Do something religious!”

And David Frost said: “So, we took up an offering!”

An offering is a deeply religious act for, ever since the first family was surrounded by plenty in the Garden of Eden, people have come before God with offerings of meat and fruit and money.

We’re thinking of ways we can energise our giving and our generosity, not because our helicopter is ready to crash but because this is a divine calling and because giving is a basic human instinct.

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