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
‘If you do not change you can become extinct’ - Haw ****** Most of us are familiar with the Ostrich, a large flightless bird that roams across wide tracts of the African Continent. Many are perhaps less familiar with the fact that zoologists now recognise the existence of two types of Ostrich. There … Continue reading The Melancholy Tale of Einstein’s Ostrich
‘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
‘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
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!
‘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!
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’?
“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
“Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world” W. Yeats ****** In recent times a number of friends have expressed their alarm at the current trajectory of society in general and in particular for the future of their children and grandchildren who are being, and will be, born into … Continue reading Nietzsche’s Chickens In the Land of the Unforgiven
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