Monthly Archives: September 2011

More on the sky falling in

So, to give a specific example of the kind of worried reaction to the Andrew Bolt conviction by some Christians. I received a forwarded email from the Saltshakers organisation who had this to say: The Judgement returned in the Andrew Bolt case, which … Continue reading

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The sky is not falling…

There’s been a lot of handwringing from many Christians about the recent conviction of Andrew Bolt on racial discrimination charges. There seems to be a fear that the sky is falling in and all christians are now going to be … Continue reading

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Australian Church Growth Research

This video is an interview with the guy who conducted the research I have been discussing in my previous posts on Why aren’t we growing. Fascinating stuff. I especially appreciate his comment that pretty much all one hundred church growth … Continue reading

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Psalm 119 Prezi

Preached on Psalm 119 Yesterday. Don’t think it was a fantastic talk overall, but I do think that a Wordle is an awesome way to get your head around the meaning of this psalm. I think it’s a few key … Continue reading

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The Lord’s Prayer

Preached on Matthew 6:1-18 on Sunday which includes the Lord’s Prayer. One thing I hadn’t noticed before is how closely linked the prayer is to the Beatitudes. Our Father in Heaven… Your Kingdom Come Blessed are the poor in Spirit/persecuted … Continue reading

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The Prodigal God

We’ve just started Tim Keller’s Prodigal God study series with a group from church. If you haven’t seen it, it is a series of studies that go with Keller’s book on the parable of the prodigal son. Overall I’m really … Continue reading

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Compelling Church Part 2

So what does make church compelling? I actually don’t think there is one single answer to this question. Clearly different people find different things compelling. The other important thing to keep in mind is that, ‘compellingness’ is not the only … Continue reading

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The Peacemaker

The Peacemaker sounds a bit like an action movie starring George Clooney, which it is, but it is also an excellent book on Biblical peacemaking by Ken Sande. I’ve been reading the book over the last few weeks and I … Continue reading

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Compelling Church Gatherings

According to the Sydney Anglican Research Project, the first reason why generally sympathetic people do not become regular attenders at church is because our gatherings are not sufficiently compelling. If this is the case, what should we do about it? … Continue reading

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Why aren’t we growing Part 2

The observation about transient populations was really just an aside on the way to the central findings of the research project into Sydney Anglican Churches. According to the research, there is a surprisingly large amount of respect/sympathy in the community … Continue reading

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