I’ve long been convinced of the truth of the old saying: Politics is the art of the possible (attributed to Otto von Bismark – in German, natürlich - from 1867).
In other words, politics is about getting things done. It’s a rough tool for activity.
By contrast, politics is not a place for pure ideology. It can never [...]
There was a time, it seems, when atheism tried to build new things. I think atheism has given up, and now tries to conserve old ideas from other people.
Nietzsche (1844-1900) railed against the Christian values he both understood and loathed – and he strongly urged a new way. He wanted strong people, not the Christian softness of humility. [...]
The Clapham family are linked to Albury Bible Church. They were part of our fellowship while living in Albury (and Nathan was a ministry trainee with us). And we have an official link with them in mission to Japan.
They cannot be at church with us every week. So support for them needs [...]
In the first part of this two-poster, I urged well-established Christians to keep listening to God’s word.
Part one is the real meat of this mini-series. So if you only have enough mental space for one blog idea today, ignore this second post.
(There’s a bit of danger in part [...]
Here’s half a plea to people who are well-established in their Christian faith: keep listening.
(The second half of this plea is really quite similar, and will be a separate post. But I’ll give you a hint: it’s keep listening.)
There’s something I’ve noticed in Bible study groups, general Christian conversation, sermons (live and on-line), social media posts, [...]
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This is a good read for anyone doing Christian ministry (paid or unpaid). The book began with interviews with chaplains involved in very stressful settings: the Granville Train Disaster, Kempsey [...]
The Christian announcement – the gospel – centres on Jesus. That’s the simple and joyful reality.
The Christian message also is beautiful and profound, open to expression in a rich variety of ways. After all, there are four New Testament gospels.
The simple complexity of Jesus’ truth means there are many, many great ways to [...]
I started a sermon talking about YOLO, one of those trendy abbreviations perfectly suited to electronic communication.
YOLO: you only live once. That’s the simple meaning, the set of words that match each letter. But, of course, the saying has more than mere words. YOLO arrives with a feel, an [...]
It’s National Volunteer Week.
I am grateful and comforted by community volunteering. I can call the SES if winds damage my house. Volunteer coaches help my kids at sport. Dedicated locals provide food and a friendly face to those in need. People go into classrooms to assist those troubled in reading. The list [...]
But far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.
In both old and new testaments we’re reminded: Don’t boast. The good of knowing God has nothing to do with our goodness. It’s [...]
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