‘Black Lives Matter’ in Australia too.

The recent ‘Black Lives Matter’ protests would surely seem to represent a watershed moment in history. Isn’t it unfathomable, though, that societal equity remains in any way elusive half a century after the Civil Rights protests of the 1960s and a further century beyond the Civil War’s Emancipation Proclamation? The egregious injustice of George Floyd’s death scarcely diminishes the long shadow still cast by our racist past. And this past is Australia’s, too. Continue reading

What’s Your Difference Right Now?

In this unprecedented season of response to a global crisis, there is a great opportunity for us to bring hope and confidence despite the shifting landscape. Christians have an advantage, not in being better than others, but in being better off. Three important elements exist in living out the difference to inspire others. Continue reading

What Research Tells us about the Possibilities of Christmas

As each Christmas passes, it becomes increasingly noticeable that traditional carols are falling into disfavour. On the one hand, this is to be expected in a secular society unreasonably afraid of offending, but it also suggests that there is still a great opportunity for Christians to fill a gap in making meaning of the Christmas season. Whereas televised events such as Christmas Eve’s Carols by Candlelight provide the strongest December faith connection for many Australians, recent research shows the potential of Christmas to proactively heighten Christianity’s impact. Continue reading

An App for That

As a musician, I used to think that poetry was just a waste of good song lyrics. Perhaps I’ve learned now to appreciate more creative diversity, but my feeble attempts at writing poetically show I might yet have some way to before I master this art. If rhyming qualifies, though, then I just might be able to pull out the thesaurus and begin. So here goes. A few reflections on how technology has changed us.

When a driver was a golf club and hardware meant some nails,
Forgetting important dates were our only memory fails. Continue reading

Fifty Years On

This past weekend marked the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing. The ‘why’ of Armstrong’s famous “giant leap” became comparable to an Everest climb. He was first, and it was there. Of course, we haven’t yet colonised or mined the moon and the initial visit did little other than afford galactic bragging rights over the Russians. Was it really so important and how does it matter now? Continue reading

What I’ve Learned Writing 700 Blogposts

The 700 club is a US Christian Broadcasting Network program featured by ‘Pat’ Robertson. The show is a blend of personal stories, news, guest appearances and songs. The original 700 were financial supporters banding together to save the show soon after its 1960 debut. Its content, though regular, remains random and unpredictable … a little like my blog. I’ve now joined a 700 club, too, having 700 posts on this site. Here’s some of what I’ve learned from writing regularly. Continue reading

The Best of the New Testament Commentaries

“Commentaries too often replace our need to hear from God,” an older minister once told me. He was right in the sense that our devotional reading of the Bible is never out of vogue. On the other hand, for background insights and a richer perspective of context, the learning provided by experts can be extremely helpful. Most of their work is very readable and affordable. So, here’s my take on some of the best commentaries available for the books of the New Testament. Continue reading

The Atheist Delusion

delusionThe Atheist Delusion is a fast-moving, confrontational collection of interviews that pulls no punches in exploring faith with atheists. In around an hour, Christian evangelist, Ray Comfort, uses his own variation on some well-known arguments against atheism that bypass jargon and helpfully appeal to logical reasoning. It is simple without being simplistic and offers great tips to Christians for explaining their beliefs to others. Continue reading

Pecha Kucha

_DSC0247Pecha Kucha is a concept devised by an architect in Japan fed up with boring presentations. It has forced a rethink on approaches to public speaking that transcend the delivery of content-rich seminars and has become a global phenomenon. Though not directly transferable to every scenario, it does help force greater engagement and emotional connection. Its beauty is the focus it offers, even to those less naturally gifted at addressing an audience. I still use video playback with preachers learning to be comfortable with their use of body language and intonation, but Pecha Kucha drives style on the fly. Continue reading