We are now one month into the new year. I wonder how we have gone with those New year resolutions, all those good intentions. I suspect that for most, they have already gone the way of the ones we made last year, i.e. crashed! As churches in Australia focus their energies on getting back onto … Continue reading New Kingdom Resolutions
‘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?
‘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
‘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 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!
“Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world” W. Yeats ****** In recent times a number of friends have expressed their alarm at the current trajectory of society in general and in particular for the future of their children and grandchildren who are being, and will be, born into … Continue reading Nietzsche’s Chickens In the Land of the Unforgiven
‘The Church in the West is blinded to the factthey have trapped Christ in their own culture Paul Vincent Donovan ****** I recently came across an article by Terry McCrann in the Weekend Australian with the title ‘We need new ways of thinking for a new world’ and began with interest to … Continue reading Quantum Mission and The Cultural Entrapment of Christ
One of the most devastating things that I hear (all too often) on the lips of Christians, or those claiming to be, goes something like ‘Well I hope I will go to heaven’! This is so concerning because it indicates that the person who says that has just not grasped the ‘Certain Hope’ we have … Continue reading Good Friday – Celebration, Certainty and Praise
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
‘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