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A few quibbles with Piper’s ‘Christian Hedonism’ image
A few quibbles with Piper’s ‘Christian Hedonism’

I'm working on a footnote where I want to say a few quick things about John Piper's 'Christian Hedonism'. I feel like many people appreciated Desiring God for showing us that it's a good thing to enjoy God and all his good gifts— that

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The Block

This is a piece called The Block that I submitted for this year’s Nature Conservancy Biennial Landscape Essay Writing Competition, replete with $5000 prize.  I was on the final five shortlist for this award in 2011.  Didn’t get shortlisted this year. So putting it up here. We will move from

The Growth Barrier Of Having It Too Easy image
The Growth Barrier Of Having It Too Easy

Last week I sat at a dining table at a church planting conference and was reliably informed as to what the growth barriers to my model of ministry were.  I was a little bemused. Granted I had just conducted a workshop on our evangelism strategies in an increasingly hostile cultural

Recruiting for Ministry: from jobs in church to full-time ministry image
Recruiting for Ministry: from jobs in church to full-time ministry

Across Australia there’s lots of thinking and praying about recruiting for ministry. We are trying to find new pastors for vacant churches, new people to join staff teams, young people to do MTS apprenticeships, new elders for our churches and new people to help with music or

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Millennial Evangelicals and Church

It’s a thing of wonder to watch the dismay among ageing Boomers as they realise, belatedly, that their Millennial progeny have next to no interest in taking on their mantle. And I say that as the bloke in the middle – the self-effacing ironic X-Gen guy. And that lack of

Mirrors 12th May 2017 image
Mirrors 12th May 2017

Should we make our 'public' website entirely for the new visitor? Personally, as a visitor, I like to get a bit of grit and vibe of the actual community. I find overly polished ‘pitched’ websites annoying. Fascinating: seems all research says that front page web mag sliders don

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Would You Be Willing To Pie For Jesus?

Australian media outlets are reporting the visually stirring image of a Christian bloke shoving a lemon meringue pie in the face of the QANTAS CEO, Alan Joyce, whilst he was speaking at a leadership event right here in Perth (don’t let people tell ya nothing exciting ever happens here

Growing past the 100 barrier and why we get stuck image
Growing past the 100 barrier and why we get stuck

Many of the churches in our Tassie network have plateaued between 100-200 people - and sometimes stayed this way for years. This is often called the ‘200 barrier’ (in practice somewhere between 100 and 200).  The reason for this plateua has got to do with a bottleneck in the life

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