Rob Buckingham's Blog

How Can I Hear God Speak?

Have you ever felt like a second-class Christian because you hear people talk about how God speaks to them, but don’t hear God speak to you? Well, read on dear first-class Christian because God is speaking to you; you might […]

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What is God’s Name?

What’s in a Name? A couple of things. A person’s name reveals their character, whether they have a good name (reputation) or not. A name is also the primary point of communication. For us to fully communicate with others and […]

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COVID-19 & The Story of Job

I was interested in reading today about an increase in people praying during the current pandemic as well as people buying and reading the Bible. Times of crisis often compel us to turn to God, and that’s a good thing. […]

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Good Things That Came From Pandemics

If you reflect on life right now, I’m sure you’d find a mixture of good and not so good. For example, I’m enjoying the slower pace of life, even though my workload has increased. On the downside, people have lost […]

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A Field Day for Anti-Vaxxers

On the news a few days ago, mention was made about a developing COVID-19 vaccine in the UK. It sounded encouraging and so, being an optimistic kind of guy, I decided to let my Facebook friends know about it. Here’s […]

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Covid-19 & The Mark of the Beast

Online posts about the current crisis being a forerunner to the Mark of the Beast are rampant. In fact, you could say they’re going viral! In general, they go something like this: Lockdowns around the world will be lifted but […]

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Is Covid-19 a Sign of the End?

Every time there’s a crisis you’ll find well-meaning Christians attempting to link it to a Bible verse (carefully plucked out of context, of course), and the end of the world. The current crisis with Covid-19 is no exception. Someone contacted […]

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No Plague Will Come Near Your Dwelling

If you’ve been on social media during the rise of Covid-19, you will no doubt have seen several references to Psalm 91. One verse, in particular, has been quoted repeatedly, “no evil will conquer you; no plague will come near […]

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What Does the Bible Say About the Coronavirus?

In all my life, I haven’t seen anything like what we’re currently watching unfold around the world. The spread of Covid-19 (the Coronavirus) is evolving moment by moment, and every nation is responding in the way they deem necessary. In […]

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What Does it Mean to Forgive?

Forgiveness. We know we should do it. Christians (and many others) believe God has given it. But what is it? What does it mean to forgive? Shedding Light on Translations The Bible uses four Greek words that have various connotations […]

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Eternal God, Finite World

In last week’s blog, I attempted to refute Stephen Hawking’s claim that God didn’t exist because there was no time in which God could have lived. There was a time when I would have agreed with Stephen Hawking. I was […]

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Stephen Hawking and the Non-Existent God

I have enormous respect for Stephen Hawking. He was one of the greatest minds of the last century, a genius with an IQ of 160. His contribution to science and our understanding of the Universe and our place in it […]

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The Violence of Jesus

I recently read a comment from a pastor who was angry about the behaviour of a politician. Nothing strange about that you may think, and I agree. What was a little out of the ordinary, though, was that the pastor […]

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The Bushfires Crisis: Where is God?

Someone asked me a few days ago, “Where is God in the midst of all the suffering from the bushfires currently ravaging Australia?” It’s a good question and reflects the most frequently asked question about the Christian faith, which goes […]

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A Prophecy Over Bayside Church

For all of my life as a Christian, I have hugely valued the prophetic gift as well as the prophecies that have been spoken into my life. I have been guided and strengthened by these words and regularly used them […]

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Myths Surrounding the Birth of Jesus

The story goes like this: Joseph and Mary arrive at the sleepy town of Bethlehem in the middle of the night. Mary is already in labour and sits on a donkey while Joseph desperately tries to find a room in […]

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What was Jesus Really Like?

Unlike the other religious people of Jesus’ day, he lived up close and personal with people. He associated with those who respectable pious people would usually shun, and it eventually got him killed. Jesus came near He got into the […]

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How to Get Out of Debt

The Bible has a lot of practical advice to give when it comes to money, especially how to manage it well and how to stay away from bad debt. Australia has one of the highest household debt rates in the […]

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Which Bible Should I Read?

I had an email from a Bayside Church member recently in which he told me of his greater commitment “to reading the Bible first, then working later,” rather than getting up and working straight away. He then went on to […]

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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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