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A Revelation … on the Brink of Suicide

A Revelation … on the Brink of Suicide

 

I had an interesting discussion with a man at my local cafe the other day about what it means to be a Christian. And listening to his “Christian” perspective made me realise how much, en masse, people are missing out on, when it comes to Jesus and all that He came to bring us.

So I just wanted to share a few thoughts with you, that had their genesis in me, on the brink of suicide.

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Posted by in Community, Controversies, Featured, Forgiveness, Grace, Leadership, Relationships, Social Media, Suffering, Victory | 19 comments

3 Leadership Lessons from the “Failed” Australian Census

3 Leadership Lessons from the “Failed” Australian Census

 

The evening of Tuesday, the 9th of August 2016 was Australian Census night. For the first time, we took the census online and, as things turned out, it was an unmitigated disaster (if you believe the press, the politicians and social media).

So, what lessons are there in that for you and me, about conspicuous failure?

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Posted by in Bible, Church, Controversies, Creative Communication, Destructive Communication, Grace, Leadership, Love, Relationships, Spiritual Warfare, Theology | 88 comments

Did Rick Warren Get it Wrong with Elton John?

Did Rick Warren Get it Wrong with Elton John?

 

Pastor Rick Warren is a man who has done many powerful and amazing things in furthering the Gospel and seeing lives changed. Of that, there can be no doubt. But recently, his behaviour with singing legend Elton John has caused a media furore.  Question is, did he get it wrong?

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The Rise and Rise of Islam

The Rise and Rise of Islam

 

Many Christians are torn in knowing how to respond to the rise and rise of Islam. The apparent Islamisation of our societies driven by fundamentalists and extremists; the terror which is knocking so loudly at our doors and yet, the many moderate Muslims who have nothing to do with what is going on.

On the one hand, we don’t want to be bigoted; on the other we feel a deep sense of unease and foreboding at what appears to be an inexorable march towards a future that looks every bit as unpleasant, as it does unavoidable.

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The Missional Power of Generosity

The Missional Power of Generosity

 

If I were to ask you, “How much does the Bible talk on the subject of generosity,” what would your answer be? Just a little, a moderate amount, or a lot? If you went with either of those first two options, you’d be way off the mark. In fact, there are more verses on generosity, than on faith, hope and love combined.

And there’s a reason for that:

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A Happy Mother’s Day?

A Happy Mother’s Day?

 

All the advertising and hype that surrounds Mother’s Day – well, it’s about soft fluffy slippers, pink dressing gowns, happy, well-adjusted children bouncing in on Mum’s bed on Sunday morning, with the very present that she’s been wanting. And that’s all great. But what if … your relationship with your mother ain’t all that the advertising industry tells you it should be?

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