Rob Buckingham's Blog

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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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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