‘If you keep on doing what you have been doing you will keep on getting what you have been getting’ Anonymous ****** Some time ago I wrote of my great concern, even despair, at what I saw what was happening as churches emerged from Covid 19 restrictions. This despair was driven by what … Continue reading For the Past or the Future – What Are We Building?
'The Church in the West is blinded to the fact they have trapped Christ in their own culture”’ Paul Vincent Donovan ****** The current missional mindset of local churches, particularly their leaderships, continues to be controlled by the assumption, even if subconsciously, that the goal is to reach a still Christianized society living on, what … Continue reading A ‘Cultural Intelligence Deficit’- A Lesson From Africa
‘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
‘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
“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
As churches sleepily emerge from the Covid-induced shutdown it seems nearly all are happily climbing back onto the down escalator they had been on for decades pre Pandemic. This longstanding downward trajectory has most certainly generally been given a Covid-induced fresh impetus in terms of loss of service attendees and income. The opportunity provided by … Continue reading Vain Hope Or ‘The Irish Way’
“The United states, and the West, are caught in the slowly asphyxiating Grip of a decadence they do not understand, and have been there for50 years . . . We are not standing on the cusp of decadence. The US, and Australia, have been decadent for half a century or more. The culture wars … Continue reading Descent into Dystopia -Reposted
‘It’s more missionaries we need, without more missionaries we will lose’ ****** In this series of posts on the topic of what I call the ‘Biggest Elephant’ I have mentioned a number of characteristics of the Australian church (see 'Something Completely Different') which are to various degrees causative factors in the Western Church’s chronic … Continue reading The Biggest Elephant – It’s a Jungle Out There!
“It’s more missionaries we need, without more missionaries we will lose” ****** In my previous post on the ‘Biggest Elephant’ topic I mentioned a number of characteristics of the Australian church (discussed more fully in the 'Something Completely Different' booklet) which are to various degrees causative factors in the Church’s chronic lack of missional … Continue reading The Biggest Elephant – Challenges Yes – Excuses No
“It’s more missionaries we need, without more missionaries we will lose” ****** In posts on this site over the last few years I have suggested a number of characteristics of the Australian church which are to various degrees causative factors in the Church’s chronic lack of missional fruit. They can be characterised as the … Continue reading The Biggest Elephant