Rob Buckingham's Blog

Protestors Behaving Badly

I had a conversation recently with someone who was trying to find out what “brand” of Christian I am.  They asked if I was Protestant, to which I replied, “No, I’m not protesting anything!”  My comment was not intended to […]

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Let’s Move Australia Day

I want you to imagine something.  People arrive in your country and pretend that it’s not owned by anyone.  In fact they declare it “Terra nullias” – a Latin expression from Roman law meaning “land belonging to no one.”  They […]

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Extreme Grace

From time to time I hear Christian people being critical of some explanations of the grace of God.  The terms they use to describe these teachings of God’s grace include “extreme, hyper, and cheap.”  The term “cheap grace” was originally […]

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Mega Churches are the Best

Being the pastor of a large church I often hear the term “mega church” being used. Sometimes it’s used just to describe large churches, but more often than not it’s used as a derogatory term insinuating that if your church […]

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Should Christians Embrace Santa?

Unfortunately the belief in and celebration of Santa has been a somewhat divisive issue over the years in the church.  While I totally respect people’s right to make their own choice on this for their family, it should, in my […]

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Understanding Leviticus

Every time there’s a natural disaster we’ll always find at least one preacher who’ll attribute it to a minority group or a company of sinners who are considered to be worse than others.  This was the case with the Victorian […]

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Mozzies & Gossips

The winter and spring we’ve just had in Melbourne and Victoria has been wetter than usual, and the recent floods and heavy rain have provided the perfect breeding grounds for pests, especially mosquitos.  As a result, public health authorities have […]

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Some Thoughts On President Elect Trump

Last week, on the morning of the US Elections, I put the following status on my Facebook page: “Well, after almost two years of Primaries and the race for the White House, Election Day has finally arrived for the US. […]

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Jesus On Singleness and Sexual Diversity

A couple of weeks ago I posted a blog titled Jesus on Divorce. My comments were based on Jesus’ teaching in Matthew 19 in response to questions about divorce and remarriage. The disciples’ reaction to Jesus’ teaching on divorce was […]

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Jesus On Divorce

On many occasions during Jesus’ ministry years the religious leaders asked him questions to test, trap and trip Him up.  They failed every time of course!  One such instance was written down by Jesus’ disciple Matthew (Matt 19:1-15 NIV) when […]

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The Changing Face of Marriage

There is no doubt in my mind that “in the beginning” God had a very definite view of marriage.  In Genesis 2 the woman is taken out of the man’s side (as his equal).  There is no mention of a […]

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Should I Make My Children Come to Church?

This week on my Facebook page I asked parents to give me feedback on this question: “If your children don’t want to come to church should you still bring them along?”  I went on to say, “I realise that there […]

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What if Everyone Practised ‘The Golden Rule’?

It’s one of the oldest life truths known to the human race. Jesus taught it, but it predates him by almost two thousand years and is found in every world religion.  It’s the ultimate key to a fruitful and satisfying […]

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Is it Possible to Disagree Respectfully?

I enjoy writing a weekly blog; I love tackling the tough topics and looking for ways to express my Christian faith by engaging with the issues of the day.  I also appreciate the interaction that we make available on the […]

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Is Hell Eternal Torture?

I was talking to a couple from Bayside Church recently and they were telling me about a conversation they’d had with another Christian.  I guess they were just checking with me if what they were being told – on a […]

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You Call Yourself Christian?

In last week’s blog I mentioned a book I read while on holiday recently: One of Us by journalist Asne Seierstad. In it the author brilliantly presents the story of Anders Behring Breivik, the man who killed 77 people (and […]

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Far Right, Extreme Left

Extremism is at the heart of pretty much every distasteful and unpleasant thing that happens on this planet and every day we see glaring examples. The fascinating thing is that those on the right think they’re always right, while those […]

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Who Should I Vote For?

This blog is based on my November 2014 blog and has been slightly amended. The Australian Federal election is this Saturday 2 July.  This means that we have had a lengthy political campaign during which we have heard many promises […]

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The Right to Die

Last week, I listened to an interesting discussion on euthanasia on a Melbourne radio station. The host interviewed a Christian minister who, of course, was anti-euthanasia. And so I decided to make this subject a discussion point on social media. […]

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Laughter the best medicine

The old adage says laughter is the best medicine, but how much does laughter actually affect one's wellbeing?

I read with interest recently when the Herald Sun reported the visit of “humour therapists” to nursing home residents with dementia.

“Four hundred residents from 36 nursing homes took part in the SMILE study led by University of NSW researchers who wanted to see if humour had an effect on people with dementia in terms of their mood, agitation levels, behaviour and social engagement.The researchers worked with ‘humour therapist’ Jean-Paul Bell, who co-founded the Humour Foundation and works as a ‘clown doctor’ cheering up patients in children's hospitals.”

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