Rob Buckingham's Blog

Fences or Wells?

In her article “Digging Wells or Building Fences”, Dr Sheila Pritchard tells the story of a visitor to an Australian outback cattle ranch being intrigued by the seemingly endless miles of farming country with no sign of any fences. He […]

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What Did Jesus Mean by ‘Binding & Loosing’?

In Matthew 16:19 Jesus made an interesting, and somewhat confusing, promise to one of his disciples, Peter: “I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be [or have been] bound in […]

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Should the Bible Be Taken Literally?

A few weeks ago I posted a blog presenting the three main Christian views on hell.  One of the things I found interesting in the responses to the blog was the repeated theme of taking the Bible literally.  Comments were […]

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Are Christians Ever Allowed to Judge Others?

There seems to be a lot of confusion amongst Christians as to the proper place for judging – or not judging. I was reading a Facebook thread on the weekend on Ireland’s vote for gay marriage, and especially U2’s Bono […]

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Dying with Dignity

On 29 November 2017, Victoria became the first Australian state to pass legislation allowing voluntary assisted dying. The law gives anyone suffering a terminal illness, with less than six months to live, the right to end their life. “From 19 June 2019, […]

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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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Jesus’ Toughest Teaching

On the one hand, the Gospel is broad and spacious, a message with its arms wide open welcoming all to come and receive God’s grace, mercy and the gift of eternal life.  The Gospel is open-hearted, it says, “everyone who […]

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What Christians Can Learn From Israel Folau

As you’re probably aware, Israel Folau’s Australian rugby union career appears over (see report) after a three-person panel ordered that the Wallabies star’s four-year contract be terminated as punishment for his breach of the players’ Code of Conduct.[i] My purpose […]

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Was Jesus Really Born Of A Virgin?

I received an email a short while ago from a member of Bayside Church in which he expressed his concerns about comments made by “so-called Christian friends” about matters of theology that were fundamental to his Christian faith. He told […]

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Pentecostals, Pastors and Politics

Whenever there’s an election, I’m reminded of how little some quarters of the church have learnt how detrimental it is to the Gospel when churches and church leaders make polarising political statements. While I’m all for Christians engaging with politics, […]

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Does God Predestine Some People For Hell? (Romans 9)

It’s an awful thought that God would actually create some people for the very purpose of tormenting and torturing them for all eternity, but that’s what some Christians and churches believe, even today! The belief that God predestines some people […]

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Why is Good Friday good?

I love the perspective that children have on things.  Check out these comments from some kids when they were asked what happened on Good Friday?  And why did Jesus have to die?

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The Gospel: Attractive or Repulsive?

Last week I posted on Social Media some concerns I have about certain comments Christian leaders have made to the media about ethical and moral issues.  In my post I upheld everyone’s right to free speech as well as the […]

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Long Hair, Short Hair and Head Coverings (1 Cor 11)

After converting from atheism to Christianity in my late teens and early 20s, I joined a small, Pentecostal church in Western Australia. About 20 to 30 people gathered each week. They were lovely people, and I made some good friends, […]

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Removing the Lord’s Prayer from State Parliament

Last Thursday I was tagged into a Facebook Post of Family Voice Australia[i], an organisation that promotes itself as “A Christian voice for family, faith & freedom.” The post started with the words, “Dan Andrews’ Government is pushing to axe […]

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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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Punishing Children for their Parents’ Sins

There’s no doubt that there are some quite troubling sections in the Bible, especially in the Hebrew Scriptures. [i]We can either just skip “those” bits or we can dig a little deeper, research history and culture, and discover the truth. […]

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Some Thoughts on George Pell

Despite the media suppression order, many of us were well aware that George Pell was found guilty on December 11th last year in a unanimous Jury decision. Pell was found guilty on five charges – one charge of sexual penetration […]

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The Exasperation of Jesus

Maybe you’ve just read the title of this blog and thought, “Surely Jesus doesn’t get exasperated? He’s gentle Jesus meek and mild right?”  Wrong!  In fact, Jesus is never described as “mild” in the Bible while he is defined as “meek.”[i] […]

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Falling in Love with a Joyful Jesus

I realise that a joyful Jesus is not everyone’s experience.  I mean, I’ve met some of his followers and joy wasn’t the first word that sprung to mind.  When I was in Grammar school, my divinity teacher was Reverend Harry […]

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