“Something will turn up” Wilkins Micawber ****** Given the trajectory of the statistics on religious affiliation in Australia for several decades as revealed by the five-yearly ABS national census, it should come as a surprise to no one that the 2021 census results just released reveal yet again another plunge in the number of those … Continue reading How Long O Lord?
‘It’s not the strongest of species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the most responsive to change’ Charles Darwin ****** This is the fifth in a series of posts on the topic of what I call the ‘Biggest Elephant’ in the ‘Mission Operations Room’, namely Church Leadership. In this series I have mentioned … Continue reading The Biggest Elephant 5 – Formulaic or Flexative
‘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
‘It’s more missionaries we need, without more missionaries we will lose’ (A paraphrase of Air Chief Marshall Dowding’s comment on Pilots during the Battle of Britain) ****** I was having a coffee recently with a very successful businessman friend, also a committed Christian who has invested a great deal of his financial resources in his … Continue reading The Biggest Elephant – 4 – The Fatal Assumption
“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
Rarely but occasionally, one experiences what I call a “My Fair Lady” (MFL) moment. If you have seen the movie, it’s the moment when Rex Harrison, who has been labouring hard to teach ‘proper speak’ to Eliza Doolittle a Cockney flower girl, finally cries out “By George, she’s got it”. It’s the moment a teacher … Continue reading My Fair Lady Moments- A Rarity!
While certainly being no expert I’ve always been interested in astronomy and the awesome panoply of the star-spattered night sky. With this interest has come some knowledge of the constellations one of which I always look for is the Hunter, Orion. One of the stars comprising Orion, Betelgeuse, is in the class of stars called … Continue reading Red Giants Fading