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Ashes to ashes, dust to dust

Ashes to ashes, dust to dust

March 9th, 2022 - Tom Hoffmann

Ukraine. Enough said. You know what I’m talking about. Even at extreme distance from the conflict, Melburnians have been horrified by recent events.

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The power of nostalgia

February 10th, 2022 - Tom Hoffmann

Over the new year I was excited to go and see part four of the Matrix franchise, The Matrix Resurrections.

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A humility shared

December 9th, 2021 - Southbank News

On November 28 this year, for the first time since March 2020, the congregation of St Johns Southgate knelt before the altar to receive the sacrament of Holy Communion.

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My name is Tom, and I am a long-suffering-no-longer Melbourne Demons supporter

November 10th, 2021 - Tom Hoffmann

As you would no doubt be aware, the Melbourne Football Club won its first premiership in 57 years back on September 25.

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What is freedom?

October 6th, 2021 - Southbank News

Almost 501 years ago, Martin Luther, famous figure of what we now know as the Protestant Reformation, wrote a treatise titled, On the Freedom of the Christian, which would go on to be one of his most influential writings

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Out of time

September 9th, 2021 - Southbank News

When going for a run on the morning of writing this column, I saw something out of place

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Perfectly locked-down

August 5th, 2021 - Southbank News

Lockdown number five in Melbourne was tough. Necessary, yes, but tough. Having now spent more than six months in hard lockdown since the beginning of the pandemic, the hardest thing for me was observing (and finally being unable to pretend it was otherwise) what will be long-term impacts on my young children

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Have you got any overseas travel planned?

July 8th, 2021 - Tom Bacon

Pastor You would have to be a fairly optimistic person to be mapping out your next journey to a foreign land, wouldn’t you?

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Groundhog Day

June 9th, 2021 - Southbank News

If someone says, “It’s like Groundhog Day”, you know what they mean, don’t you?

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Can I pray for you?

May 6th, 2021 - Southbank News

Scott Morrison recently spoke at a Christian conference where he mentioned that, in the course of his duties as Prime Minister, he had surreptitiously engaged in the spiritual act of laying on of hands

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Remember me

April 7th, 2021 - Southbank News

Last month, titan of the Australian music industry, Michael Gudinski, was farewelled at a star-studded State Memorial at Rod Laver Arena

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A cross to bear?

March 11th, 2021 - Southbank News

Pastor Jesus of Nazareth once said to his followers, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.”

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Companions for the journey

February 11th, 2021 - Southbank News

Every time I put my four-year-old daughter Genevieve to bed, she asks for a Jupiter story.

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Sometimes you have to laugh. It’s either that or cry!

December 10th, 2020 - Southbank News

It’s either that or cry! By Pastor Tom Hoffmann I found myself having a little chuckle upon hearing, COVID restrictions being what they were, that if churches were to present a children’s Christmas play this year, that the children performing would have to socially distance

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The asterisk

November 11th, 2020 - Southbank News

Pastor Earlier in the year, it was suggested that due to COVID, the 2020 AFL Premiership would forever have an asterisk over it

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“You’re on mute!”

October 7th, 2020 - Southbank News

Pastor “What were you saying?” “Sorry about that ...

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Affirmation of 100

September 9th, 2020 - Southbank News

I’m a little embarrassed to admit it, but I recently found myself googling to find out what the 100 emoji meant

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The organ of emotion

August 5th, 2020 - Southbank News

Is it okay to admit to being fully supportive of masking but at the same time being a little bummed out by it?

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One step forward two steps back

July 9th, 2020 - Southbank News

It was all going so well! Our go-hard-go-early approach to lockdown in Australia was lauded as an example of how it should be done

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Shutting down is easy. Opening up is hard

June 10th, 2020 - Southbank News

That’s something that has become abundantly clear to me as we, at St Johns, have started planning to reopen the church for public worship.

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Perfectly locked-down

August 5th, 2021 - Southbank News
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