Rob Buckingham's Blog
If you ask the question, “could you do with more money?” I’m sure most of us would reply with a resounding “yes.” There are a couple of challenges with this though. Firstly, most people live about one-third beyond their means. […]Read More
The Book of Proverbs is crammed full of wisdom. In Proverbs 30:7-9, the writer makes a request to God: "Two things I ask of you, Lord; do not refuse me before I die: Keep falsehood and lies far from me; give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread. Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you and say, ‘Who is the Lord?’ Or I may become poor and steal, and so dishonor the name of my God." I love the balance in this request and the wisdom of addressing two extremes that we still see in the modern-day church – the poverty gospel and the prosperity gospel.Read More
The Christian life is often described in the Bible in terms of growing into adulthood. When a person first becomes a Christian they are called a “baby” (“Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation” ~ 1 Peter 2:2). Growing up is the desired result for a baby Christian just as it is for any baby. We expect babies to grow, over the process of time, into children, teenagers, young adults and then mature grownups.Read More
The media has given a lot of attention recently to the Bali Nine, and in particular the two men who are on death row – Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran.
I’m pleased that Andrew and Myuran are getting some good coverage of their plight. Christie and I have been following this case since their arrest and have been receiving regular updates from our church colleagues in Bali. We have met Andrew and visited him on our recent trip to Bali in March (as well as three others of the Bali Nine) and we're going back to Bali soon to spend some more time with them.Read More
This week there has been a great deal of media exposure surrounding the Bali 9 – particularly the two men who are on death row – Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumarun. Ps Rob and Christie Buckingham recently had the opportunity […]Read More
Mahatma Gandhi once said, “I am prepared to die, but there is no cause for which I am prepared to kill.” Unfortunately much of modern society doesn’t stand in agreement with him as has been highlighted this week when a Melbourne Doctor, Mark Hobart, refused to refer a couple for an abortion because they wanted a boy rather than a girl.Read More
There is something within most people that fascinates us about this subject. Entering “life after death” into Google brings up almost two billion results – “life after life” another 748 million. I believe this fascination is God-given. After all, the Bible tells us that God “has planted eternity in [people’s] hearts and minds.”
People of all times and places in history have believed that the human soul survives death. There are numerous accounts of experiences beyond the grave. Two books I recommend are “Life after life” by Dr Raymond Moody and “Beyond death’s door” by Dr Maurice Rawlings. The main book to read on this subject, of course, is the Bible – the book which speaks about an eternal God who is the giver of eternal life.Read More
Unfortunately, the ALP’s ongoing leadership squabbling overshadowed a poignant moment in Australia’s history last Thursday. PM Julia Gillard’s apology for the 225,000 forced adoptions that occurred in this nation between 1951 and 1975. The speech was reminiscent of former Labor Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s 2008 apology to the "stolen generations" of aboriginal children who were removed from their families by the government and Church missions.
Almost 1,000 mothers, fathers, grown children and fractured families sat row upon row in the Great Hall of Parliament House to hear the apology denied them for decades.Read More
Last year I wrote a blog entitled, “What kind of Christian are you?” In this blog, I outlined a number of things that tend to derail or highjack Christian people from our core purpose and focus; things like consumerism, crises […]Read More
Last week the Catholic world was shocked by the resignation of Pope Benedict. In a letter to his Catholic brethren the 85-year-old Pontiff said his advanced age and the pace of change in the modern world had left him unable to "adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted to me". Depending on which records you follow somewhere between four and ten Popes have resigned in the history of the Catholic Church. The last one was Pope Gregory XII in 1417.Read More
Ash Wednesday marks the start of Bayside Church’s 40-Days of Prayer and Fasting. It is also the name given to the first day of the season of Lent, in which the Pastor (in traditional churches) applies ashes to the foreheads of Christians to signify an inner repentance. But what is the history and the meaning of this Christian holy day?
One of Bayside Church’s initiatives for 2013 is to teach and encourage everyone in our church community to feed themselves daily on God’s Word. This is so important in the age of the consumer-driven church where people attend and seek to be fed. Where the catch cry is “meet my needs or I’ll shop for a better offer.”Read More
World hunger is still a problem, but new research shows that the threat of too much food may be even worse. According to a study published in the British medical journal The Lancet, deaths due to obesity now occur at three times the rate of deaths due to malnutrition. Globally, obesity is a bigger threat than malnutrition in every region aside from sub-Saharan Africa.
According to the Red Cross, there were 1.5 billion dangerously overweight people worldwide last year, while 925 million were underfed. They have called it a ‘double-edged’ scandal that fewer people died of starvation than were being killed by ‘excess nutrition’.Read More
After a couple of cooler summers, the current one really is the summer the climate alarmists needed. It’s a hot summer which proves that the earth really is warming after all – and of course, along with the hot summer come all sorts of scary predictions of our future doom.Read More
The Christmas tree has a strong Christian tradition attached to it. Early Christians in the Northern Hemisphere decorated their homes with evergreens during winter as a reminder that, even though everything else dies in the cruel, cold months, evergreens live on. For those Christians, evergreen decorations represented the steadfastness of faith and symbolized life in the midst of death.Read More
For some, Christmas is a lonely and sad time of the year. Bayside Church’s Community Christmas Lunch on Christmas Day is an open invitation for people of all ages and walks of life to gather and enjoy a traditional three […]Read More
Will the world end in 2012? There are many predictions that say it will, not least the Mayan forecast states the end date would be 21st December this year. Think of all the money you’ll save on Christmas presents!Read More
It’s official – Australians are addicted to technology (and I’m sure this applies to other nations too). According to digital research agency eMarketer, adults spend about 8.5 hours a day on the Internet, watching videos or using mobile gadgets. Psychologist Gary Small, the author of iBrain, says: “The problem is that we get glued to our devices and forget that we have a life offline.”Read More
As I write this blog on Wednesday 31st October 2012, Hurricane Sandy (dubbed “Frankenstorm”) has smashed into the American northeast, leaving 16 dead, millions without power and parts of Manhattan underwater. Conditions remain dangerous as this one-of-a-kind storm moves inland […]Read More
One of the hot topics in the news right now – and, sadly for many years – is the accusation of Catholic priests for sexually abusing children. The state inquiry into the churches' handling of sex abuse was told this week that “at least” one in 20 Catholic priests in Melbourne is a child sex abuser, although the real figure is probably one in 15. What a dreadful indictment this is on the Catholic Church.Read More