Rob Buckingham's Blog

Who do you think Jesus is?

If you ask people that question, you will get a myriad of answers. Some people don't know; some don't care.  Some believe he was a historical figure, others believe he’s our imaginary friend, that he’s fiction, that he never existed.  Some say he’s God in human form; others say he’s some religious leader who got killed two thousand years ago.  Some say that Jesus was just another cult leader trying to build his own power base.  Others say he was a good man, whose teaching is a nice way to live, but that he is nothing more important than that … but He claimed to be the Saviour, the Messiah, the Son of God.

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Do We Really Agree with Freedom of Speech?

We’ve heard a lot about freedom of speech this year. The topic was brought to the fore after the terrorist attacks on Charlie Hebdo in which much of the Western world stood and proudly proclaimed “Je Suis Charlie.” But did […]

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Why the Death Penalty is Wrong

It is no secret that Christie and I, (and many others), have been advocating for many years against the death penalty that was passed down on Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran.  In the light of this, it was no surprise […]

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The History of Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday, a day of fasting, is the first day of Lent in Western Christianity.  It occurs 40 days before Easter (excluding Sundays).  Ash Wednesday is observed by many Christians. Lent had its origins in Jesus’ 40 days of fasting […]

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Valentine’s Day

As with many of the “Christian” festivals, Valentine’s Day probably has pagan roots deriving from Lupercalia – a very ancient rural festival, observed on February 13 through 15, to prevent evil spirits and purify the city, releasing health and fertility. […]

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Oldest Fragment of Mark’s Gospel Found

I’ve always had a fascination for archaeology – especially when it reinforces the truth of the Bible – so a recent article in the Christian Post really caught my attention. The article reported:  “A team of scientists and scholars claim […]

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Charlie Should Have Been Ignored

The shootings at Charlie Hebdo are inexcusable.  Resolving a disagreement or offense by ending the life of another is never right.  The outpouring of grief and demonstration of solidarity with the French at this time is inspiring and brings out […]

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Thoughts on the Paris Terrorist Attack

This morning we awake to the news of yet another terrorist attack – once again inflicted by Islamist extremists. In Paris, twelve people are dead and eight are injured (four critically) by the attack on the offices of Charlie Hebdo; […]

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Lessons From Rudolph

One of the most loved Christmas songs started out as an advertising promotion. In 1939 Montgomery Ward commissioned advertising executive Robert May to write a poem that their store Santa Claus could give away to children who came to visit […]

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Lessons from the Sydney Siege

Terrorism is nothing new to Australia.  The first such attack took place in 1915 at Broken Hill when two men identified as being Muslims from the British Colony of India (modern day Pakistan) shot dead four people and wounded seven […]

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Race, Culture & Religions (3)

This is the third and final blog in which I discuss a Christian attitude to differences in race (ethnicity), culture and religion.  When it comes to race – embrace!  When it comes to culture – embrace the good!  What about […]

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Race, Culture & Religions (2)

In my last blog I outlined what I believe is a Christian response towards people of different races.  I summarised my thoughts in the statement, “When it comes to race – embrace!”  In this blog I want to answer the […]

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Race, Culture & Religions (1)

Divisions, wars and disputes often happen in our world because of differences in race, culture and religion. So what is a Christian attitude towards these things? Acts 17 tells of Paul the apostle’s time in Athens – particularly his discussions […]

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Who Should I Vote For?

The Victorian State election is coming up on Saturday 29 November.  That gives us a month-long political campaign during which we will hear of many promises from all parties that will seek to buy our vote – all with money that […]

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Just Preach the Good News

I recently read with interest about a British Street evangelist, Mike Overd, who is being prosecuted for an alleged religious aggravation public order offence. According to CharismaNews, the charges follow a complaint to police in Taunton that Overd made a […]

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Christians – It’s Time To Get Serious

The world’s going crazy!  Have you noticed?  In all my life I have never seen the world in this kind of mess: from war in Ukraine to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa (scientists are warning that the Ebola virus […]

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Selfless or Selfish?

I’ve heard many Christian people over the years – including preachers – talk about how God calls us to live a “selfless” life. But is that true? Is that what the Bible demands? I would like to suggest not. It’s […]

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Importance of Healthy Touch

Touching people is a touchy subject today. We hear so much about unhealthy touch in the news – sexual abuse by members of the clergy (people who should be able to be trusted), pedophiles and rapists, domestic violence and sexual […]

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Overcoming Porn Addiction

According to the XXXChurch website “The scary truth … is that at least 72% of men and 28% of women use pornography.”  In His book Ashamed No More, Dr. T. C. Ryan lists four reasons why porn use is counter […]

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Divorce and Remarriage

There can be a great deal of confusion and questions surrounding divorce particularly for Christians. The matter of divorce (and remarriage) is a controversial issue for which a number of statements need to be made: If you are divorced or […]

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