The Roman Empire was a religiously pluralistic society much like most of the western world today. This meant that people were free to worship the ‘god’ or ‘gods’ of their choice, it was up to each individual. There was one restriction however. This was that no matter what other ‘gods’ were worshipped, one that each … Continue reading Welcome to Rome – Again
So Easter has passed once more. The most important time in the Christian calendar as we rehearse what has been described as the ‘greatest story ever told, about the greatest offer ever made by the greatest person who ever lived’. The media reported thousands filling Easter services supported by pictures of crowded churches, as would … Continue reading The Easter Mirage and the Missional Malaise
‘Blessed is the man . . . . . . . . . . whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. … Continue reading The Atheist’s Bible Delight
“I’m not strange, weird, off, nor crazy, my reality is just different from yours.” … Continue reading The Misshapen Church and the Rabbit Hole to Weird-Land
From time to time I have written about some of what I call the 'Straws' blowing in the winds that are rapidly changing Australian culture. Such ‘Straws’ are indicators of the increasing de-Christianisation of society, paralleled by a rising rejection of, and hostility to, the Church and Christians in general in every aspect of public … Continue reading More ‘Straws Blowing In The Wind’- Or Is It A Gale?
In the previous Part One post on this topic I referenced Jesus great commission to his followers to “Go and make disciples” (Matthew 28:19,20). I also bemoaned the fact that, despite large numbers of church members hearing those words of Jesus multiple times in sermons or Bible studies often for decades, the ‘workers’, those who … Continue reading Encouraging ‘Frontliners’ Part 2 – Become One!
In Northern Europe, where I grew up, in autumn it is often possible to see wild geese flying south to winter in warmer climes. The other day I was reminded of this when I came across a talk I had given a few years ago in which I used the southward flight of the wild … Continue reading It’s Time for the Geese to Fly Again
The Importance of this Topic This topic is of the highest importance for two reasons. Firstly because the Bible is God's special means of revealing himself and his character to us, without which knowledge of God is limited to the inadequate inferences drawn from the Creation we see around us (general revelation). Secondly, experience shows … Continue reading You Can’t Believe the Bible
There has been much discussion in recent times regarding the concept of intelligent design: i.e. the claim that there are aspects of the universe which are far too complex for them to occur without being deliberately designed. This has generated a hot debate about what should be taught in schools, should children learn just the … Continue reading Science, the Bible and Faith
When I was studying civil engineering at university many years ago, one of the requirements of the course was that we got some engineering-related employment in the long summer vacations. So I got a job as a concrete sampler with a ready-mix concrete company. This involved going out to construction sites and taking samples of … Continue reading St Lukewarms- The Concrete Truck with a Holden Cruze Engine