The Biggest Elephant – It’s a Jungle Out There!

 ‘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!

The Infinite Comes

Christmas Dawn - A Hush Even the Birds are silent – Awe A Hush except for a Clock – Ticking Ticking away Time – Created Counting out our lives – 'Finite' Between Eternity and Eternity -a Mist But this morn the ‘Finite’ awaits- The ‘Infinite’ comes Comes to a Manger - for a Cross Comes … Continue reading The Infinite Comes

Remember the Seven Thousand

One well known Christmas Carol ‘God rest ye merry Gentlemen’ contains the phrase ‘Tidings of Comfort and Joy’ , words that are a more traditional rendering of the Angel’s words to the shepherds on the Judean hills of ‘Good news that will cause great Joy’ in Luke 2:10. It occurs to me that the original meaning … Continue reading Remember the Seven Thousand

The Thread of Pain

‘Let me sing for my beloved, A love song concerning His vineyard,                         My beloved had a vineyard, On a very fertile hill,             He dug it and cleared it of stones,                     and planted it with the choicest of vines . . . . … Continue reading The Thread of Pain

Connecting With Ron – An Encouragement

The first stage of the Missional Community Process (See the Toolbox Tab on the home page) is ‘Connecting’. Clearly this is essential, because if we don’t ‘Connect’ with the ‘Unchurched/De- Churched’, now an increasing majority of members of society, then there is no possibility of entering into a gospel conversation. Thus the Unbounded Church strategy … Continue reading Connecting With Ron – An Encouragement

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