Rob Buckingham's Blog

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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