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If we fail to guard Christian liberty we undermine Christian joy in God’s good gifts image
If we fail to guard Christian liberty we undermine Christian joy in God’s good gifts

A great and insightful bit of pastoral theology from John Calvin: In the present day many think us absurd in raising a question as to the free eating of flesh, the free use of dress and holidays, and similar frivolous trifles, as they think them; but they are of more

Tolerating Acceptance Or Accepting Tolerance? image
Tolerating Acceptance Or Accepting Tolerance?

No wonder middle Australia is keeping its head down.  Once we were described as a tolerant bunch, but now we find out that the idea of simply tolerating someone or something is actually abhorrent. How could we have gotten that so wrong? In a clear demonstration that the battle for

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Mirrors 5th May 2017

Please arrive late for Bible study My article for Gospel Coalition Australia: 1) Be kind 2) Avoid false dichotomies/unfair conflations and 3) talk about the gospel of Jesus Christ.  Interesting article on the genre and legal conventions of Old Testament. Five reasons to do an MTS apprenticeship. For campus ministers

Part 3: Lessons from a Lazy Pastor image
Part 3: Lessons from a Lazy Pastor

Maybe I’m just a lazy pastor, but there have been opposite reactions to my two posts so far on the way the pace and complexity of modern Western culture is affecting church, not least of all the issue of less regular attendance. The reactions have ranged from “Phew!” to

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Some notes on personal evangelism

At a MTS Day last year, Bernard Cane from Good News Christian Church shared some provocative thoughts about outreach and the reasons why we aren’t me diligent in this area of church ministry (the audio and session notes can be found here). In this brief article I

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A few notes on postmodernism

I have been doing an excellent free Open Learning Course by Monash University professor in French studies Christopher Watkin on the topic "Postmodernism and the Bible: Understanding Derrida and Foucault". Great to have this kind of Christian academic thinking happening in Australia! Here are a string of half-thoughts that I'

Belling The Cat: Your Responses To “The Real Reasons Your People Aren’t Turning Up To Church Eve image
Belling The Cat: Your Responses To “The Real Reasons Your People Aren’t Turning Up To Church Eve

If the number of hits is any indication, then my last blog post struck a chord.  And it’s not just the number of hits, it’s on FB, privately to me, and on the comments section of the blog. People said things as simple as “Phew!”  They thanked me

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Mirrors 28th April 2017

The management feedback model gone toxic In their typical world-weary way, @firstthingsmag discuss M. Pence & women at 33 minutes. I largely agree with them. Michael Jensen says 1) Xns still have lots of social power 2) We should be following The Benedict Option regardless  Hebrews 9:16-17 is referring to confirming

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