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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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The 4 Steps to Overcoming Ugly Duckling Syndrome

The 4 Steps to Overcoming Ugly Duckling Syndrome

We’ve all felt like the Ugly Duckling at some point in our lives. We look around at everyone else, and we conclude that we’re worthless. Absolutely worthless.

But God didn’t create you or me, to feel like that. He didn’t create you and me to be the Ugly Duckling. No. He has a much better plan for our lives than that.

Much better.

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Resurrections Can Be Confusing

Resurrections Can Be Confusing

I want you to imagine that you go to a dear friend’s funeral. He died suddenly, violently a few days ago. You, his other friends and family are sitting in the pews – shell shocked – waiting for the service begin. But before it does, the guy who’s supposed to have died walks in and sits down next to you.

How would you respond?

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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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The Missional Power of Not-So-Random Acts of Kindness

The Missional Power of Not-So-Random Acts of Kindness

We’ve all heard that phrase random acts of kindness. It makes us feel all warm and fuzzy inside. But today, I want to share something much, much more powerful with you.

Not-so-random acts of kindness. Deliberate acts of kindness.

I recently spent 3 days with a man for whom kindness is a way of life. And what I saw, blew me away.

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You Can’t Juggle Chainsaws

You Can’t Juggle Chainsaws

Let’s face it – you and I, we can’t juggle chainsaws can we? Don’t believe me, then watch the video in this post.

We wouldn’t dream of firing up three chainsaws and juggling them. So – here’s the bit that I find intriguing – why do we try such a crazy stunt with the “chainsaws” in our lives? 

You may be wondering – “What the blazes is Berni on about this time?”

We’ll get to that, but first I dare you to watch this video!

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The People You’d Rather Not Invite to Christmas

The People You’d Rather Not Invite to Christmas

It won’t be long and the table will be set for Christmas.  Yippee, but … well, there’s always one person we’d rather not invite, right?

I’m betting that you can picture that person’s face right now!

They’re difficult or awkward. They rub you the wrong way. And there’s every chance they’ll cause friction on what’s supposed to be a perfect, happy, relaxed family day – Christmas day after all.

So here’s the question – what would God have you do with that person, hmm?

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