Hope and the Paradox of the Cross

Every now and again something happens that can jolt us out of our entrapment in the busy-ness of our lives; lives that are self-focussed on mostly small things and worries many of which generally don’t come to pass. This can happen when some event or incident drags us into the reality of what is actually … Continue reading Hope and the Paradox of the Cross

How Long O Lord?

“Something will turn up”                                                              Wilkins Micawber ****** Given the trajectory of the statistics on religious affiliation in Australia for several decades as revealed by the five-yearly ABS national census, it should come as a surprise to no one that the 2021 census results just released reveal yet again another plunge in the number of those … Continue reading How Long O Lord?

Piles of Wood or Fires

It has been said that ‘A pile of wood isn’t a fire if there are no flames’, and a theological expression of this was made by the famous Swiss theologian Emil Brunner who said that-  “The Church exists by mission, just as a fire exists by burning.” So it is true, although many would like … Continue reading Piles of Wood or Fires

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

Mission in a Future that Turns Up When You Get There

       The Future is a ‘Fuzzy Collection of Probabilities’ ****** It’s a long time since I was at High School and a great deal about my time there I have forgotten. One thing, or rather person, I do remember however is one of my science teachers in years 11 and 12. He was a Welshman, … Continue reading Mission in a Future that Turns Up When You Get There

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

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

The Atheist’s Bible Delight

                   ‘Blessed is the man . . . . . . . . . .                 whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night.             … Continue reading The Atheist’s Bible Delight

‘The Forgetting of Light’

This post is substantially the same as an article I wrote several years ago but I think has even more relevance now. Especially so as we draw near to Christmas when there will be a lot of ‘lights’ festooning houses, buildings, streetscapes and Christmas trees. However, increasingly, rather than symbolizing the Light of Christ “which … Continue reading ‘The Forgetting of Light’