A ‘Remnant’ – Yet Pretending Not to Be

It is the first Sunday of the new year; Christmas 21 is now a fading image in the rear-view mirror of time’s flow. Churches ‘were packed’ according to a Channel Nine news report. Except that while some were, many were not, as a little enquiry will reveal. In any case, it has been my experience … Continue reading A ‘Remnant’ – Yet Pretending Not to Be

Mission in a Future that Turns Up When You Get There

       The Future is a ‘Fuzzy Collection of Probabilities’ ****** It’s a long time since I was at High School and a great deal about my time there I have forgotten. One thing, or rather person, I do remember however is one of my science teachers in years 11 and 12. He was a Welshman, … Continue reading Mission in a Future that Turns Up When You Get There

Another Inconvenient Question – How Much to win a Soul

As the standard Sunday-Centric churches emerge from Covid 19 lockdown(s) and consider future directions, it may be a good time to engage in some health checks. Such exercises, to be really useful, must involve asking some tough, rigorous, and even ‘Inconvenient’ questions. One such ‘Inconvenient’ question I have written about previously (See here) is- ‘How … Continue reading Another Inconvenient Question – How Much to win a Soul

Halloween-The Unholy Trinity and the New Paganism

There has recently been a number of reports of parents objecting to various supermarkets  putting ‘Scary’ Halloween displays in their stores. These displays take various forms ranging from gravestone and skull decorations to ghoulish figures hanging from store ceilings. One parent is quoted as saying that they avoid taking their kids to stores in October … Continue reading Halloween-The Unholy Trinity and the New Paganism

Chinks of Light – Maybe

“The current trajectory of our church is a huge mistake” George Carey, former Archbishop of Canterbury                                                          ****** Every now and then little ‘Chinks of Light’ appear in the generally gloomy Australian missional landscape in which, now for decades, successful ventures are a rarity. However, I started to get that ‘every now and … Continue reading Chinks of Light – Maybe

Janus Tide – A Season of Opportunity

‘Janus - the Roman ‘god’ of beginnings  . .  transitions . . . and endings’ ****** Sadly, Covid-driven Lockdowns have now become familiar to most of us, and those who live on Australia’s eastern seabord are currently experiencing the ‘joy’ of them yet again. What has also become familiar is the corresponding shutdowns of normal … Continue reading Janus Tide – A Season of Opportunity

Followed by Love Through the Darkest Valley

‘My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish, no one will snatch them out of my hand’                                                         John 10: 27, 28 ****** This reflection on Psalm 23 is largely the same one as I posted last year during … Continue reading Followed by Love Through the Darkest Valley

Dysfunction- A Tale from God’s Casebook

The Marquis De Sade in a conversation about God with the French Emperor Napoleon is reputed to have said ‘I have no need of that Hypothesis’. No doubt he would feel very much at home in our society in which most now live their lives, and certainly how the community organizes itself, with a similar … Continue reading Dysfunction- A Tale from God’s Casebook

Mission Basics 101 – 1 The Great Chasm

‘If I was trying to minimise growth in the church, I would get everyone to speak a totally different language that no one understands. That is what the Church is doing.’                    Russel Evans, Global Senior Pastor of Planet Shakers.                                                           ****** In Luke’s Gospel (Chapter 16:19) Jesus tells a teaching story (parable) in which … Continue reading Mission Basics 101 – 1 The Great Chasm

Mega-Shift – Uncomfortable Questions

    “Sometimes, Hem, things change, and they are never the same again.     This looks like one of those times. That’s life! Life moves on. And so should we.” Haw - one of the ‘Little People’ in ‘Who Moved My Cheese’ by Dr Spencer Johnson                                                                                   ****** The trail of history is marked with many … Continue reading Mega-Shift – Uncomfortable Questions