‘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
The central thesis of the Unbounded Church missional strategy is that in order to reach the Lost in Australian society, Christians must abandon the standard decades old, low and declining fruit, Sunday-Centric, In-Drag, resource-consuming missional platform and go into the community and set up small Christian fellowships where the Lost regularly meet already. The slogan … Continue reading ‘Because We Were There’ – John’s Story
On a recent road trip from Sydney to Melbourne we pulled off the motorway to have a break on what is a very long drive. The place we stopped at was a small, quite undistinguished village with a number of houses, a community centre and a café. There was however one more significant building. This … Continue reading Has God Left the Building? An Hypothesis
‘If you do not change you can become extinct’ - Haw ****** Most of us are familiar with the Ostrich, a large flightless bird that roams across wide tracts of the African Continent. Many are perhaps less familiar with the fact that zoologists now recognise the existence of two types of Ostrich. There … Continue reading The Melancholy Tale of Einstein’s Ostrich
‘Our very long investment in 'chapel' simply has not worked. The enormous resources that are put into clergy – training them and paying them. Our expensive buildings, the creativity lavished: frankly has not delivered quality Christian community or convincing disciples of Christ. Rather, in the West, what we’ve seen, what we’ve lived through is a … Continue reading Is God Crying?
‘ West End Cottage This Cottage was built in 1553’and the following victims of the plague died here Isaac Willson January 28th 1666 John Willson February 15th 1666 Deborah Willson February 17th 1666 Alice Willson February 18th 1666 John Thomas Willson March 1666 Ann Willson August 15th 1666 Francis Willson August … Continue reading Another Virus
‘If we were doing it the 90s, we shouldn’t be doing it now’ ****** I recently watched a video which showed a debate between proponents of two different approaches to evangelism that their churches were committed to – one was running Evangelistic courses for people wnting to explore Christianity, the other used a ‘One … Continue reading Missing the Point
When we take holidays that usually means we do some travelling. As we do so we usually take the opportunity to visit a local church or two wherever we might be staying. On a recent trip we ended up visiting a church (disguised in this post) where some friends are regular attenders. We have visited … Continue reading An Inconvenient Question!
‘Time is free, but it’s priceless. You can’t own it, but you can use it. You can’t keep it, but you can spend it. Once you’ve lost it you can never get it back.’ Harvey Mackay The statement that “Time is money” is ascribed to Benjamin Franklin, and highlights the value of Time in … Continue reading Time is Love