Rob Buckingham's Blog

#RaptureAnxiety

It’s been fascinating to see the hashtag “rapture anxiety” trend this year on Twitter. And no surprises with all the news that has been tied in with so-called Bible prophecy. Consider the Middle East peace deals with Israel, the US […]

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QAnon and Followers of Jesus

Have you noticed specific phrases appearing regularly on Social Media feeds? You may have heard or seen friends, relations, or church members posting or saying things like “research it,” “deep state,” #savethechildren, “Follow the White Rabbit,” “The Storm,” or “which […]

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Praying for the President

On October 2, President Donald J. Trump and his wife and 43,751 other Americans tested positive for COVID19. Christians worldwide have been asked to pray for the President of the USA. For example, Eugene Cho, head of Christian advocacy organisation […]

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A Supernatural Faith

I’ve always been fascinated by the supernatural. When I was in my early teens, living in Perth, my parents developed a close friendship with a British couple. We’d catch up regularly, and invariably the conversation would move quickly to astrology […]

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What About Gary Ablett Snr’s Video?

The first thing I read from the Bible today was this verse: “Work hard so you can present yourself to God and receive his approval. Be a good worker, one who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly […]

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Mind Games – The Sport of Thought

by Graham Crossan   These are not the best of times, nor are they the worst of times. Some people are faring better than others in this pandemic altered world. Others are finding the isolation and particularly the uncertainty of […]

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Shattering COVID myths

Over the past few weeks, I’ve addressed some of the conspiracy fallacies being spread around even by Christians. In response to these blogs, I’ve had people comment, question, agree and disagree. And that’s all fine. After all, that’s what blogs […]

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Apologising to Bill Gates

As I’ve noted a few times in recent blogs, conspiracy theories are sadly one of pandemics’ symptoms. But no one has copped more flack from conspiracy theorists during the COVID-19 Pandemic than Bill Gates. Consider these as just an example: […]

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Everyone’s an Expert

Thanks to Doctor Google, everyone can know everything about everything. Everyone can be an expert! It’s really quite simple: Choose a topic Do a Google search Choose one or two of the 442 million results that pop up in a […]

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One-World Government & the Antichrist

In last week’s blog, “Should the church defy the Government?” I wrote the following: “It’s my opinion that the “evangelist” who wrote to me recently misses the point. It appears he’s bought into fear and conspiracies about a one-world government and […]

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Should the Church Defy the Government?

A few weeks ago, I received an email from a guy who calls himself an Evangelist. He wanted to challenge me about Bayside Church, and other churches, closing down services during the Global Pandemic. He wrote: What about God’s word […]

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Why Bother to Pray?

Why bother to pray? I mean, God knows everything, right? He knows what we need and want and don’t need. So, I ask again as many people do, why bother to pray? I understand the intent behind the question, but […]

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Masks, 5G, and Other COVID Craziness

Times of crisis, including Pandemics, always see a rise in conspiracy theories. And so, what we’re witnessing now is nothing new. Consider the yellow fever outbreak in the USA in the late 1700s. We now know that Yellow Fever is […]

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Are All Christians Equal?

I had an interesting conversation last week with a member of Bayside Church. The discussion was around the standards we have in place for people in leadership, especially those in worship & teaching, youth & children’s ministries. During the conversation, […]

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Was Peter the First Pope?

This week, I received a question from a new member of Bayside Church on the subject of Papal succession. Papal, or Apostolic, succession is the Roman Catholic teaching “that each pope is the successor to the Apostle Peter who was […]

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Erasing History

One of the phenomena related to the race protests is the toppling of statues, removal of certain movies and TV programs, and suggestions for name changes. Some people have suggested this is wrong because it’s erasing history. But is that […]

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George Floyd, Slavery & Racial Prejudice

I want to make it clear that this blog is not a judgment on America. We have plenty of race-related challenges in Australia, so I’m not about to point the finger at another country. But right now, the world is […]

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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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