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I call BS!

I really don’t know what’s going on with Christianity at the moment! American Christianity in particular, but Australia as well. Overnight Franklin Graham held a rally in North Carolina, part of his long running ‘Decision America’ tour. The rally was supposedly intended to call Americans back to Christ. Yet according to AP News, it became […]

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People, We Need to Dial Down the Rhetoric!

If we go around treating every issue as a matter of life and death, then we lose sight of the issues that really are life and death.

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Burning Down The House

The title comes from an 80s song by Talking Heads. The opening verse carries these lines. I’m an ordinary guy Burning down the house They might have been singing about us! Two things happened this week that caught my attention: The first was while I was on my way to work a couple of days […]

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Why I’m Off Facebook

Did you miss me? Probably not, and that’s fine. I’m not so self deluded as to think that my absence would (or should) be noticed. The world does not revolve around me, and I’m actually quite happy with that. I’m off Facebook for a variety of reasons, here they are: The current SSM issue. My […]

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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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“…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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