When the Answer is Not a Square

‘As much we may be convinced that a particular new form of structure will remedy existing deficiencies, there can be no guarantee that it will still be appropriate for the further changes in society yet to come. And such changes, no doubt beyond the range of present thinking, will most certainly occur.’ ****** There is … Continue reading When the Answer is Not a Square

Descent into Dystopia -Reposted

          “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

When is a ‘Church’ Not a ‘Church’?

It comes as a great shock to many ‘church’ members that Jesus is recorded as using the word ‘church’ only twice and in neither case did he mean a physical building. Yet that is what legions of church members have been conditioned for centuries to mean when they use the word ‘church’, i.e. the building … Continue reading When is a ‘Church’ Not a ‘Church’?

The Biggest Elephant – Challenges Yes – Excuses No

“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

The Divine Freedom or An Opportunity Lost

Opportunity Lost As we see Covid19 restrictions beginning to be eased we also see the first trickles of what I am sure will turn into a flood of churches seeking to get back to ‘normal’, or business as usual’, as soon as possible. As this starts to occur, we see some churches going through a … Continue reading The Divine Freedom or An Opportunity Lost

In Times Like This – A Song for the Black Times

In times of trouble such as the world is currently experiencing, when for many it appears that all the foundations and structures of life, all the things upon which they have relied, seem to be in danger of being washed away, people often turn to the Old Testament book of Psalms. The main reason for … Continue reading In Times Like This – A Song for the Black Times

The Cockle-Picking Tragedy

‘Wake up the church and . . . encourage it to strengthen itself, while there is still time’                                                                           … Continue reading The Cockle-Picking Tragedy

Something Rotten In the State of the West

“You may get what you want, but you won’t like what you get!” ***** History is normally written with the benefit of hindsight. That is, historians describe events that have occurred years, decades or often centuries in the past. However, I wonder if today by using a biblical lens we are actually in a position … Continue reading Something Rotten In the State of the West

Encountering Tragedy in the Abbey

On a recent holiday trip we stayed overnight in a small English village. The next morning, as walked around I came across an old Abbey, which I entered and explored with visitor’s eyes. It is an ancient building, large and cavernous, with a history going back over 1400 years and which currently also serves as … Continue reading Encountering Tragedy in the Abbey

Mary’s Tale

Mary was well into her eighties when I was asked to make a pastoral visit by the minister of the church I was attached to at the time. She had been attending the same church ever since her parents took her along to be baptised as a baby. It was there that she had met … Continue reading Mary’s Tale