For the Past or the Future – What Are We Building?

‘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?

 A ‘Cultural Intelligence Deficit’- A Lesson From Africa

'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

Sadness and Tragedy – A Metaphor

I recently came across an article in a local magazine. The article was titled ‘Save the Village Chapel’ and related to a building (referred to as our ‘Beloved Village Chapel’) occupied by a local congregation of a mid-sized denomination. The building is around a hundred years old and the congregation small, elderly and declining. The … Continue reading Sadness and Tragedy – A Metaphor

A ‘Remnant’ – Yet Pretending Not to Be

It is the first Sunday of the new year; Christmas 21 is now a fading image in the rear-view mirror of time’s flow. Churches ‘were packed’ according to a Channel Nine news report. Except that while some were, many were not, as a little enquiry will reveal. In any case, it has been my experience … Continue reading A ‘Remnant’ – Yet Pretending Not to Be

Halloween-The Unholy Trinity and the New Paganism

There has recently been a number of reports of parents objecting to various supermarkets  putting ‘Scary’ Halloween displays in their stores. These displays take various forms ranging from gravestone and skull decorations to ghoulish figures hanging from store ceilings. One parent is quoted as saying that they avoid taking their kids to stores in October … Continue reading Halloween-The Unholy Trinity and the New Paganism

Mission Basics 101 – 1 The Great Chasm

‘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

New Kingdom Resolutions

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

‘The Stealing of Christmas’ Revisited

‘He is stolen and it is not harmless!’                                         _____________ I entered the large shopping complex and there He was, front, centre and large, enthroned in his palace. There He was, ‘the reason for the season’. The One who is always encouraging the children to come to him, and woe betide anyone who want to … Continue reading ‘The Stealing of Christmas’ Revisited

Because We Were There -Again!

There are times when you not only feel but see the Spirit of God at work. An Unbounded Church group that meets weekly in a Pub experienced such a time one evening recently. The group has been meeting there for about a year but was forced into meeting on-line for several months by Covid-19 lockdowns. … Continue reading Because We Were There -Again!