Patience! The missing ingredient of  Your Church Growth Strategy.

I’m half way through Alan Kreider’s book, ‘The Patient Ferment of The Early Church’. Its a different read for me. Kreider’s argument is that the early church did very little evangelism. Christians didn’t invite their unsaved neighbours to church. There was no such thing as the ‘seeker sensitive’ service, or a ‘purpose driven’ church.  Christianity […]

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The Age of (Christian) Entitlement Is Over

This one has been bubbling around inside my head for quite a few years now. It started about 10 or 11 years ago, but has been brought to the forefront of my thinking by reading Scott McKnight’s ‘The Kingdom Conspiracy’.  There’s a chapter in there that talks about the Roman Emperor Constantine, and the effect […]

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“…and the soul felt its worth”

“O Holy Night” is a carol that poetically describes the birth of Jesus, and at the same time manages to throw in some pithy theological statements that jolt us out of our of the turkey-stuffed, chocolate-filled haze that can swamp us at this time of year. This little statement was one that struck me this […]

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Just This!

Peter Dutton’s mindless attack on Malcolm Fraser’s immigration policies is yet another example of the kind of politicking and point scoring that has become standard fare for both sides of the political divide. Nothing can get done, everything is contested, and the business of government slowly grinds to a halt – gridlock in other words. […]

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Reclaiming Evangelicalism From the Abyss

I recon its fair to say that the term ‘Evangelical’ is pretty much on the nose these days – even amongst those who may have traditionally identified themselves as such in the past. Most of that of course has to do with the current state of politics in the U.S. and the co-opting of that […]

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The SSM Rant

This post is a bit of a rant, so be warned… I’m tired of this Same Sex Marriage nonsense. We need sensible, gracious, reasoned, mature debate on this issue. Yet when anyone (and I mean anyone) dares to even discuss the topic, they are drowned out in a torrent of abuse, intransigence, and name-calling. From […]

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Do we Really Need to go to Church?

It used to be a favourite saying by some young adults back in my day. ‘You don’t have to go to church to be a Christian’. It was usually said by people who either a) wanted to look cool and rebellious, or b) had an axe to grind with the church.At one level it is […]

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When Political Alliances Don’t Cut It

“Ephraim is like a dove, easily deceived and senseless—now calling to Egypt, now turning to Assyria.” – Hosea 7:11 These words were uttered at a time when the Israel of the Old Testament was in a fragile place. They had pretty much tossed out the covenant that God had made with them. They were in […]

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Hard Conversations

I can be pretty blunt sometimes, by my own admission. And it’s fair to say that I’ve articulated some things that could have been said better. However there are times when being pretty blunt can be necessary. You need to get the point across, and subtle hints, vibes and tactfulness are either not being picked […]

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The Trouble with Performance Appraisals

Let me be clear, I don’t have a problem with performance appraisals per se. I can see their use, and I don’t think it’s a good thing for employees (or Managers for that matter) to simply wander around work, doing what they’ve always done, without any feedback, or opportunity to grow and develop. However, as […]

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In Search of Excel-ence!

I’m trying something new at work. Microsoft Excel and I kind of have a love/hate relationship. I get that it’s a powerful tool and I can see its usefulness. But I’m the sort of bloke that likes to have a rack at something, then ask for help later. I generally find that I learn best […]

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Would Jesus Vote For The Greens?

OK so here’s the thing… I’m not really impressed with either of the major parties. Quite frankly they leave me feeling ‘meh’! And I’m pretty sure I’m not alone in thinking that. Some polling suggests that it will be the independents who make the decisions in the next parliament. I’d say the level of dissatisfaction […]

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A Response to the Australian Christian Lobby

Dear ACL, This is now the umpteenth email I have received from you concerning same sex marriage. When you begin to address issues such as our asylum seeker policy, the environment, welfare and healthcare with the same fervor and enthusiasm as you do with same sex marriage, I might start listening to you, and you […]

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