Rob Buckingham's Blog

Why is Christian Unity so Hard?

In Jesus’ prayer recorded in John 17 He said, “I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in […]

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Aren’t All Religions the Same?

Don’t all religions teach the same things?  It’s a question I’m asked on a regular basis when people realise I’m a Christian.  It’s kind of like saying, “I know you’re Christian, but lots of people are religious and believe in […]

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“I never knew you; depart from me!” – Jesus

Over my years in pastoral ministry, I have spoken to many people who have been unsettled by a verse or two from the Bible.  I mean, there are some pretty blunt warnings and, in some cases, quite frightening predictions.  Such […]

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A Tribute to Billy Graham

Billy Graham is the most well-known Christian of the last century.  He was a household name, known even to me in my atheist days, although I didn’t give him much thought.  But, since my conversion is 1977, I have had […]

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Taking Politics Out of Big Issues

One of the major problems I see in the world today is the politicising of the issues that face us.  Even Christian people get caught in this trap.  Let me give you four examples: Climate change Asylum seekers Conservation Racial […]

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How God Called Me to be a Pastor

It was a chilly and rainy Saturday evening in the middle of 1984.  I was living in Geraldton, Western Australia, where I hosted the breakfast show on the local radio station 6GE.  I’d recommitted my life to Jesus five years […]

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Moralise, Christianise or Evangelise

Many people have completely the wrong idea about Christianity and what it means to be a Christian. The sad fact is often they get this wrong idea from Christians themselves!  Let me explain …

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Speaking in Tongues

“Speaking in tongues” is a gift of the Holy Spirit and is literally “speaking in an unknown language” – that is to say, it is unknown to the speaker but is not unknown to God. Even though to many people […]

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Is it Wrong for the Church to Entertain People?

A couple of weeks ago someone from our church posted a John Wimber quote on my Facebook page. Wimber wrote, “I’m concerned the Church has become more of a theatre experience, rather than a meeting place for people to encounter […]

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Divine Interruptions

How do you go with being interrupted? I’m not too keen on it personally, especially when I’m busy or working to a deadline. I tend to see interruptions as something of an enemy rather than a friend. But when I […]

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Consumer God; Consumer Church

Nearly 2000 years ago Paul the Apostle wrote these words to the Christians in Rome:“Don’t live any longer the way this world lives. Let your way of thinking be completely changed.” In other words, the way the Christian thinks is not to be influenced by the world’s way of thinking. This of course is easier said than done as we are constantly bombarded with what the world thinks.

One area of the world’s influence on Christian thinking that concerns me is the consumer mindset and how it influences our response to God and to church.

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Jesus’ Disappointing Message

Part of the Christmas story tells us the reason why Jesus came: “you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” To us this seems like a pretty awesome message and yet, […]

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A Short History of Christmas

A few weeks ago I wrote a blog about Halloween – exploring its history and showing how the church adopted this pagan festival in order to engage with the culture of its day. I suggested that the church would do […]

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Stoning Mary

As we approach Christmas, it’s timely to focus on some valuable truth from the original story.  Matthew’s account of the events surrounding Jesus’ birth includes the rather embarrassing predicament Joseph and Mary found themselves in because of Mary’s pregnancy, even […]

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Is This the Mark of the Beast?

Lately in the news there has been an increasing number of reports on microchips placed in humans.  The technology used on our pets since the Seventies is now available to us, and hundreds of Australians, as well as those in […]

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Religion Does More Harm Than Good

The recently released IPSOS Global Poll [1] shows that a majority of Australians (63%) believe that religion does more harm than good. The Poll also indicates that we are comfortable, in our multicultural society, in being around people with different […]

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A Christian Response to Halloween

I received this message a while ago via Facebook: “I just got a letter from school on Friday asking all parents to provide a small bucket or similar for the kids to decorate in art class for ‘non-scary Halloween celebrations’. […]

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Dying with Dignity

Victoria’s Assisted Dying Bill is being discussed in State Parliament this week, and it’s hoped that a conscience vote by MPs will follow in a few days.  I concede that this is a highly emotional and divisive topic and I […]

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The Right to Try

Assisted dying legislation in Victoria will be debated next week when Parliament returns.  No doubt there will be some robust discussion over the next few weeks until a conscience vote by the end of the year is reached. I will […]

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So Rob, What Books Do You Read?

It’s a question I get asked a lot and I’m always happy to answer it – “So Rob, what books do you read?”  I know it’s a cliché but I genuinely do believe that “leaders are readers” and so, I make it a […]

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