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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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Mark Driscoll

Just the title of this post will, I’m sure, have people reading further. Well the dust has settled, the furore has died down and the issue is sorted. Mark Driscoll will not be coming to the Hillsong Conference. Even after his very public removal from ministry and the demise of Mars Hill church, it seems […]

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Coming Out of Australian Christian Politics

On the weekend I got an email from the Australian Christian Lobby. I get regular emails from them and other Christian political groups, telling me about the latest struggle in their fight against abortion, euthanasia, same sex marriage etc (I’ve never subscribed to their websites, yet somehow they seem to have obtained my email address, […]

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Driving Safely

Found this quote last night and thought it worth sharing… Inspection stickers used to have printed on the back ‘Drive carefully – the life you save may be your own’. That is the wisdom of men in a nutshell. What God says, on the other hand, is ‘The life you save is the life you […]

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Getting Back on the Horse

I’ve been out of the ministry scene for nearly a year now. Its been an interesting time, changing work routines, juggling finances and (I’ll admit) the relief of not ‘running a church’ anymore. What have I learned during that time? Here’s a few thoughts… Leading from your strengths is critical I used to go to […]

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So Who’s in Charge?

In my early years if you had asked me about congregational government I would have pretty much stood up and defended the idea – in principle anyway. I would have gone to Bible passages like Acts 7 and 15 and 1 Pet. 2 to support the argument. But over the last few years I’ve begun […]

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Highway to Bell!

In case you missed it, Rob Bell has written a book! ‘No, really!’ I hear you exclaim in mock amazement. It seems that there isn’t a Christian in the world who hasn’t got an opinion on it. Some have read the book, most (I suspect) have not and never will. But that won’t stop them […]

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‘I Hate Being a Christian’

Editorial: This is something I encountered some time ago, I thought it worth posting here. I wonder if anyone else has felt the same way – and been honest enough to admit it? He looked at me with a sort of sheepish grin as he said it. He knew how it sounded, he’d been a […]

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No Regrets!

I came across this video clip a couple of months ago. It’s one of the last recordings made by Johnny Cash before he died. In the song he looks over his life and describes the pain he has caused – to himself and others. It’s raw, open and honest; its a song of regret – […]

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Not Enough Workers…

I often hear how we live in a post-Christian world, where Church attendance is in general decline (with some exceptions) and God and Jesus are not really on anybody’s radar. It’s certainly true that the game has changed and Christians need to respond. But Jesus said ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few…’ […]

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