Australia Day and sensitivity towards our indigenous brothers and sisters

January 26th, 2023

#ChangeTheHeart

Five years ago we attended a service of lament and support for indigenous christians who cannot celebrate Australia Day with the rest of the country. The service highlighted issues that I think we all wish weren’t there, or would go away. Last night we watched an online prayer service conducted by Aboriginal christians seeking to […]

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The western church needs “something completely different”

January 16th, 2023

Leonid meteor

“It’s no secret that the stars are falling from the skyIt’s no secret that our world is in darkness tonight.” U2, The Fly And it’s no secret that the church in the western world has lost credibility, numbers and influence. And that christian faith has been in decline in western countries as a proportion of […]

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I’m an individual, you can’t fool me!

December 30th, 2022

Individual sheep

The church needs individuals who can innovate in a Spirit-inspired way, but group think can stifle innovation in churches.

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How well do you know the Christmas story?

December 18th, 2022

Nativity

The Christmas story is as old as time. We’ve heard it a hundred times, we’ve seen it, we’ve sung it. But how well do we know it really? Test yourself against these twelve questions. The questions Test yourself with these questions, then scroll down to see how well you went. The answers according to history I’ve […]

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Good chocolate

December 8th, 2022

Chocolate bar

As christians, our chocolate buying and eating habits can make an enormous difference, good or bad, to families living on the other side of the world.

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Callous christians?

December 1st, 2022

A battle in the pages of the Old Testament

The apparent commands of God in the Old Testament to commit genocide have long troubled me, as they should trouble any thoughtful and compassionate person. (I hope I am both!) How could a God of love command such atrocities? I think this problem can be resolved with God’s good name intact, if we understand the […]

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Why politicians, media and advertisers can get away with untruths

November 8th, 2022

Boris Johnson, Donald Trump & Scott Morrison

Truth is sometimes hard to find in politics. Politicians and media take advantage of our trust and tell us misinformation. But we can guard against this.

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The church vs secular culture on gender identity: are we listening?

October 25th, 2022

Hear, see and say nothing

Another christianity and alleged homophobia incident involving a football club. Can we learn anything from it?

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8 actions to save God’s world and his people

October 3rd, 2022

Recharging car

The world is in a sorry state right now. Not only a brutal unjustified invasion of Ukraine with its accompanying atrocities, not only anti-democracy movements in many counties, but climate catastrophes. Record, unprecedented flooding in Europe, Pakistan and Australia. Fierce wildfires in the US, Europe and Australia. Destructive storms in the US and Japan. Worsening […]

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Faith for the future?

September 19th, 2022

Bird flying high

You don’t have to be worried about faith deconstruction. You can go about it in a constructive way.

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A list of all blog posts, in reverse chronological order, is on the Blog archive page.