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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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A Short History of Christmas

A few weeks ago I wrote a blog about Halloween – exploring its history and showing how the church adopted this pagan festival in order to engage with the culture of its day. I suggested that the church would do […]

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Stoning Mary

As we approach Christmas, it’s timely to focus on some valuable truth from the original story.  Matthew’s account of the events surrounding Jesus’ birth includes the rather embarrassing predicament Joseph and Mary found themselves in because of Mary’s pregnancy, even […]

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Is This the Mark of the Beast?

Lately in the news there has been an increasing number of reports on microchips placed in humans.  The technology used on our pets since the Seventies is now available to us, and hundreds of Australians, as well as those in […]

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Religion Does More Harm Than Good

The recently released IPSOS Global Poll [1] shows that a majority of Australians (63%) believe that religion does more harm than good. The Poll also indicates that we are comfortable, in our multicultural society, in being around people with different […]

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Dying with Dignity

Victoria’s Assisted Dying Bill is being discussed in State Parliament this week, and it’s hoped that a conscience vote by MPs will follow in a few days.  I concede that this is a highly emotional and divisive topic and I […]

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The Right to Try

Assisted dying legislation in Victoria will be debated next week when Parliament returns.  No doubt there will be some robust discussion over the next few weeks until a conscience vote by the end of the year is reached. I will […]

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So Rob, What Books Do You Read?

It’s a question I get asked a lot and I’m always happy to answer it – “So Rob, what books do you read?”  I know it’s a cliché but I genuinely do believe that “leaders are readers” and so, I make it a […]

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It’s the End of the World – Again!

Social media is abuzz with yet another prediction of the end of the world.  There seems to be no end to prognostications of the end!  This time it’s because of a mysterious planet called Nibiru (or Planet X) that apparently […]

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Falling in Love with a Joyful Jesus

I realise that a joyful Jesus is not everyone’s experience.  I mean, I’ve met some of his followers and joy wasn’t the first word that sprung to mind.  When I was in Grammar school, my divinity teacher was Reverend Harry […]

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Doctors in Schools: More Outraged Christians!

In last week’s blog I highlighted something that the church needs to beware of, that is, outraged Christians.  They write blogs and social media posts that others share with little or no fact checking.  All they do is distort the […]

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The Postal Vote on Same-Sex Marriage: Some Considerations

Unless a High Court challenge is successful Australians who are on the electoral role will receive envelopes posted by the Australian Bureau of Statistics from September 12 to have a say on same-sex marriage.  Responses will be due by 7 […]

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Christianity and Equality

In this blog, I’m continuing from last week’s discussion on the issues that are most important to you.  A survey of my Facebook friends revealed that matters of justice, particularly for asylum seekers and the homeless, ranked at the very […]

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Is Justice an Optional Extra?

This week on my Facebook page I asked my friends and followers to give me their opinion.  My request went like this, “I’d like to get your feedback for a blog I’m writing this week. This afternoon the Federal Liberal […]

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They Need to REPENT!

It’s no secret that I like to write and speak about current issues – be they ethical, moral, political or whatever.  It’s important to me to connect my Christian faith with the things people are talking about and experiencing in […]

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Domestic Abuse in the Church

Last week I watched a segment on ABC’s 7.30 Report about domestic abuse in the church. [1] While the reporting of some statistics by the ABC was not entirely accurate,[2] it seems there is still a level of domestic abuse […]

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Law Versus Grace?

Over the years I’ve heard many discussions about law and grace.  Those who focus on God’s law can invariably be heard expressing concerns about extreme grace (although I believe that grace, by its very nature, is extreme).  Others focus on […]

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Should the Bible Be Taken Literally?

A few weeks ago I posted a blog presenting the three main Christian views on hell.  One of the things I found interesting in the responses to the blog was the repeated theme of taking the Bible literally.  Comments were […]

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