Rob Buckingham's Blog

Let’s Move Australia Day

I want you to imagine something.  People arrive in your country and pretend that it’s not owned by anyone.  In fact they declare it “Terra nullias” – a Latin expression from Roman law meaning “land belonging to no one.”  They […]

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Jesus Wouldn’t Use Humour

Just before Christmas, I uploaded a short clip from a recent sermon on my Facebook page. I included the caption, “A church that makes the main thing the main thing, respects questions and doubts, and seeks unity in Jesus alone […]

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Should Christians Embrace Santa?

Unfortunately, the belief in and celebration of Santa has been a somewhat divisive issue over the years in the church.  While I totally respect people’s right to make their own choice on this for their family, it should, in my […]

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A Short History of Christmas

The church didn’t celebrate the birth of Christ until the third century because no one knew (or could agree on) the date. It was highly unlikely for shepherds to be watching their flocks in the middle of a Northern Hemisphere […]

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Should “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” be banned?

It’s a Christmas classic.  Baby, It’s Cold Outside was written 74 years ago, back in a day when the “Party Piece” was a highly respected form of entertainment (you know, before we all sat around tables each checking out our […]

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A History Lesson for Imran Khan

I’ve always held the greatest respect for Imran Khan.  He was a fantastic cricketer and cricket captain, and well known for his philanthropic work especially building and developing the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre; to make cancer […]

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Go Fraud Me

A couple of weeks ago, Melbourne was shocked over an attack by Hassan Khalif Shire Ali during what has become known as the Bourke Street terror attack.  While the police tried to detain Ali, a homeless man, Michael Rogers, rammed […]

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Why I’m Not A Pacificist!

When Christie and I were filming an episode of Bayside TV, one of the most incongruous things we experienced was our pacifist guest getting angry!  We asked questions that challenged his view and, well, things got a little heated to […]

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Men’s Mental Health & Suicide

Earlier this year, I received one of the most tragic phone calls I’ve ever taken.  One of our Bayside Church leaders told me that a guy, who’d been part of our church for over a decade, had died by suicide.  […]

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A Christian Response to Halloween

I received this message a while ago via Facebook: “I just got a letter from school on Friday asking all parents to provide a small bucket or similar for the kids to decorate in art class for ‘non-scary Halloween celebrations’. […]

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When Life is Not Fair

McCrindle Research’s Faith and Belief in Australia Report was published in May this year and gave some excellent insights into the spiritual state of the nation.  A part of the paper that particularly interested me was the things that attracted […]

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Can You Disagree and Remain Friends?

Can you disagree and remain friends?  It’s a question I’m regularly asked especially when the debate gets a little heated on social media.  My answer to the question is, “Well, yes & no” because it depends on several variables. It […]

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GUILTY: Myuran Sukumaran and the Death Penalty

There’s no doubt that members of the Bali Nine were guilty.  Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran were both given the death sentence, Renee Lawrence received twenty years and the rest are serving life.  Andrew and Myuran were executed just after […]

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Free Speech & The Bible

Last week, Mark Knight created a storm over his depiction of Serena Williams having a “hissy fit” and “spitting the dummy” (ref Serena Williams, Mark Knight & Empathy).  There was serious backlash over Knight’s cartoon, multiple requests for an apology, […]

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Serena Williams, Mark Knight & Empathy

Serena Williams’ upset at the U.S. Open women’s final on the weekend has gained much attention in the news, as has the Herald Sun’s Mark Knight’s cartoon of the event.  Knight has felt the force of outrage against him, many […]

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Dear Ariana Grande

WARNING: Please be advised that this blog contains quotes with explicit language.   Dear Ariana, I know that I’m not in your target audience but, because I’m the dad of three daughters I kinda am.  My eldest girls, Paris and Gigi, loved […]

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Guard Against Compassion for Kids on Nauru

It was just a couple of months ago when Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton said: “Australians must guard against compassion towards refugees as it could undo the government’s hard-fought success in discouraging people smugglers.” [1]  I believe Mr Dutton’s statement […]

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Can I Lose My Salvation?

It’s a question that’s as old as the Christian faith itself: Can I lose my salvation?  It’s a good question and one which I believe is asked out of one of the most profound human needs, the need for security. […]

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You Can’t Meet Every Need

Have you ever felt utterly overwhelmed by all the needs around you? I certainly have!  Whether they are needs in your family, church, this nation or other countries, it’s easy to be overcome by the seemingly endless ways that you […]

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The Spiritual Disaster of “Christian” Countries

History reveals that Christianity rarely flourishes when it has the power.  Consider the first few hundred years of the church’s existence.  The Book of Acts tells of a church that exploded in growth especially when persecution scattered the believers.  “The […]

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