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 Thinnest Place

It’s Christmas morning, early. The Cicadas swarm the Eucalypts and their chorus is already very loud. They are joined by Kookaburras, Koels, Friar Birds and even carolling Magpies. It is as if the whole of nature is praising God on this special morning. One of the images that often comes to my mind on this … Continue reading The Thinnest Place

The Eye of Peace

It is 46 years since Cyclone Tracy hit the northern Australian city of Darwin, on that fateful Christmas Eve in 1974. I always remember that event at Christmas time because it was that storm that brought us to Australia in the first place, to work on the reconstruction of Darwin. On that night, the Christmas … Continue reading The Eye of Peace

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

The Biggest Elephant – 4 – The Fatal Assumption

‘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

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 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

Quantum Mission and The Cultural Entrapment of Christ

‘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

Followed by Love – Another Song for the Black Times

‘My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand’ John 10: 27, 28                                                 ****** If one were to compose a list of the top ten Bible readings and songs chosen for … Continue reading Followed by Love – Another Song for the Black Times

Good Friday – Celebration, Certainty and Praise

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