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Meet the Agnostic on Our Worship Team

Meet the Agnostic on Our Worship Team

 

Yah – I bet that got your attention! And it’s true. For several years, our church has had a “born again agnostic” – Vanessa – on our worship team. How does that make you feel? To tell you the truth, I was uncomfortable about it for a long time. 

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Good Friday – Easter Art Evokes Anger

Good Friday – Easter Art Evokes Anger

Art has an amazing ability to evoke all sorts of  emotions – happiness, sadness, awe, anger, excitement, wonder, pain … the full gamut. 

As I was walking down Oxford Street Paddington (Sydney) in the week leading up to Easter 2013, this window display in a gay, fetish erotica store caught my eye.

No – ‘caught my eye’ is too soft!  It confronted me. That’s much better.

When I saw it, my blood boiled, but …

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Shining a Light on Child Sexual Abuse

Shining a Light on Child Sexual Abuse

Within hours of putting our Quick Poll in the field, the Federal Government announced a wide reaching independent Royal Commission into child sexual abuse in all institutions, not just the Catholic Church. So – what were our poll results? And what does the church’s response say about … the church?

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Quick Poll: Child Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Church

Quick Poll: Child Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Church

There has been much press of late about the allegations surrounding child sexual abuse in the Australian Catholic Church with some now calling for a Royal Commission.

So – I wanted to ask you what you think.  That’s what this quick poll is all about.  Just select one of the options, and you’ll be able to see which way the polling is headed.

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The Sort of Giving that Gets God Excited

The Sort of Giving that Gets God Excited

Well, my last blog post – Why I Don’t Believe in Tithing – certainly set the cat amongst the pigeons, with some lively discussion to and fro – which is awesome. Some people of course remain unconvinced – they see tithing as an important part of being a Christian.

I don’t, because I believe that grace opens the door to a whole new level of giving. A “New Covenant” alternative if you like, to the legalism of the tithe. Here’s what I’m talking about …

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Why I Don’t Believe in Tithing

Why I Don’t Believe in Tithing

 

When I told people at my church that this Sunday, I was going to preach a message called “Why I Don’t Believe in Tithing” – well, you can imagine!  A few people were a bit twitchy about that.

But the long and the short of it is that I don’t believe in tithing. At least not the sort of tithing that much of the church teaches us about.  Here’s why:

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