Rob Buckingham's Blog

Does God Make Some People for Hell?

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a blog responding to some comments made by Wallabies superstar Israel Folau. [1] He was asked on an Instagram post what he thought God’s plan was for gay people.  Israel’s answer was, “HELL […]

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An Open Letter to Kim Jong Un

Dear Supreme Leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. I have been so encouraged of late to see such sincere developments occurring between your nation and south Korea, as well as the United States of America.  I’m excited about […]

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Israel Folau and “God’s Plan”

A few weeks ago, Wallabies superstar Israel Folau caused an online furore stating that gay people will go to hell unless they repent.  His comment was in response to a question from an Instagram user, Mike Sephton, who asked: “what […]

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Acceptance: A Powerful Force!

Acceptance is a powerful force as well as a basic human need.  We all desire to be accepted and hate to be rejected.  Often Christians struggle to accept a person because they feel they may be compromising their morality by being accepting.  This struggle is the result of a misunderstanding of the depth of God’s love and acceptance for all of us.

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Anzac Day

In March 1915 the Australian and New Zealand army corps (ANZACS) was located near Cairo, Egypt.  On April 1 that same year all leave was cancelled and two days later the soldiers departed for Turkey and the Gallipoli Peninsula.

On April 25 the advanced party rowed for the shore in small boats, but the current swept their boats away from the bay where the incline of the cliff was gradual, to a bay where the incline was steep and forbidding.

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What Kind of Christian Are You?

In asking this question I’m not referring to the denomination or style of the church you’re part of (or not part of).  Over my 30 years as a pastor, I’ve observed many “kinds” of people who refer to themselves as […]

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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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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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Why is Christian Unity so Hard?

In Jesus’ prayer recorded in John 17 He said, “I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in […]

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Aren’t All Religions the Same?

Don’t all religions teach the same things?  It’s a question I’m asked on a regular basis when people realise I’m a Christian.  It’s kind of like saying, “I know you’re Christian, but lots of people are religious and believe in […]

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“I never knew you; depart from me!” – Jesus

Over my years in pastoral ministry, I have spoken to many people who have been unsettled by a verse or two from the Bible.  I mean, there are some pretty blunt warnings and, in some cases, quite frightening predictions.  Such […]

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A Tribute to Billy Graham

Billy Graham is the most well-known Christian of the last century.  He was a household name, known even to me in my atheist days, although I didn’t give him much thought.  But, since my conversion is 1977, I have had […]

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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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How God Called Me to be a Pastor

It was a chilly and rainy Saturday evening in the middle of 1984.  I was living in Geraldton, Western Australia, where I hosted the breakfast show on the local radio station 6GE.  I’d recommitted my life to Jesus five years […]

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Moralise, Christianise or Evangelise

Many people have completely the wrong idea about Christianity and what it means to be a Christian. The sad fact is often they get this wrong idea from Christians themselves!  Let me explain …

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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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Is it Wrong for the Church to Entertain People?

A couple of weeks ago someone from our church posted a John Wimber quote on my Facebook page. Wimber wrote, “I’m concerned the Church has become more of a theatre experience, rather than a meeting place for people to encounter […]

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Divine Interruptions

How do you go with being interrupted? I’m not too keen on it personally, especially when I’m busy or working to a deadline. I tend to see interruptions as something of an enemy rather than a friend. But when I […]

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Consumer God; Consumer Church

Nearly 2000 years ago Paul the Apostle wrote these words to the Christians in Rome:“Don’t live any longer the way this world lives. Let your way of thinking be completely changed.” In other words, the way the Christian thinks is not to be influenced by the world’s way of thinking. This of course is easier said than done as we are constantly bombarded with what the world thinks.

One area of the world’s influence on Christian thinking that concerns me is the consumer mindset and how it influences our response to God and to church.

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Jesus’ Disappointing Message

Part of the Christmas story tells us the reason why Jesus came: “you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” To us this seems like a pretty awesome message and yet, […]

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