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 Biggest Elephant

“It’s more missionaries we need, without more missionaries we will lose”                                       ****** In posts on this site over the last few years I have suggested a number of characteristics of the Australian church which are to various degrees causative factors in the Church’s chronic lack of missional fruit. They can be characterised as the … Continue reading The Biggest Elephant

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

Virus Shedding – A (New Normal) Way of Life

Around the world governments have been faced with the challenge of protecting their citizens from becoming infected with the new Corona Virus known as Covid19. With few exceptions they have settled on variations of the same strategy which basically amounts to locking down the population as much as possible in their homes. There are exceptions, … Continue reading Virus Shedding – A (New Normal) Way of Life

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

Spiritually Distanced? – A Cyber Option

The result of the current restrictions on social gatherings means that churches have had to cease services as have other meetings such as bible studies where people physically meet. This prohibition has also included Unbounded Church groups, however, as with many other aspects of life, many UC members have moved to meeting in Cyber-Groups.    … Continue reading Spiritually Distanced? – A Cyber Option

Reconstructing Humpty

‘Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall. Humpty Dumpty had a great fall. All the king’s horses and all the king’s men couldn’t put Humpty together again‘                                                           ****** As everybody knows in this early part of 2020, we are living through a health Crisis brought about by the Covid-19 Pandemic, a Crisis which is … Continue reading Reconstructing Humpty

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

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