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A Christian's response to Mental Illness and Suffering

As someone who has worked in the field of counselling in both aged care and in youth, with people going through a variety of mental health issues and emotional sufferings, I have learned that the brain, like any other organ, is subject to the fall, and subject to sickness, that none of us are immune from emotional suffering from time to time. I have worked with elderly people s ...

Do Good People Go to Heaven?

Do Christians believe that Good people go to heaven? So, if anyone has tuned in recently to the TV show “the Good place” you might get the feeling, as many people have in the past, that heaven is the place where Good people go and that bad people go to the Hell. (BTW “the Good place” is based on a play by existentialist Jean Paul Sartre and has nothing to do with the Christian ...

Gossip in the Church

The following is a bit of sermon that I cut out of a sermon that I’m not actually going to give, so I thought I’d share it here. It’s a bit of an expanded version of what I wrote a couple weeks ago. Some of the most surprising things I have learned about myself have come from gossip. I have been very surprised to be told from people who don’t really know me, what I am for and w ...

Reading the Bible

Ok, so awhile ago someone asked me about the different versions of the Bible. Does it really matter? If you can read NT Greek and Hebrew then, fantastic, your all set, but for most of us (including myself despite four years of taking Greek and Hebrew) this isn't an option. so we rely on modern translations, whether it's the King James, the NIV, the RSV, etc, but does it matter? ...

Why do Christians go to Church?

Why do Christians go to Church on Sunday? First off, this is a bit of a loaded question. In order to understand this you have to understand what Church is. So the Bible in 1 Corinthians tells us that when we become a Christian we become part of THE church. The Bible talks about lots of people who meet in different places but ultimately according to the Bible they all part of t ...

The local Church Matters

The Local Church matters.Across Australia (and just about every other western nation) our landscape is dotted by Church spires and bell towers. While these buildings are not the thing itself what they represent is the body of Christ within each community. In each local Church there is a story. It is a story of how God has acted in that community. It’s the story of lives changed ...

Radical Grace

I was watching a documentary on Substance abuse last night and the people were advocating for help rather than punishment for drug users. It got me thinking about grace, and wondering what it would look like if the world (or even just the Church) lived with radical grace. Radical grace is the kind we read about in the Bible. It’s the kind of grace that would cause God to come a ...

Christian Soldier, Who are you Fighting?

A few days ago a man went on shooting spree at an abortion clinic in the U.S. In the past few days I've seen Christians try to distance themselves and to minimise the responsibility of the Church. It's easy, this fella was well known for having social and psychological issues and he had no apparent connections with a Christian Church. But at the same time, when I heard about th ...

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