Sadly, Australia Day has become an increasingly polarising topic in our society, with strong opinions in two opposing camps, and (like with so much of discourse nowadays) seemingly very little middle ground. In the one camp, the very notion of ‘Australia Day’ on January 26 (the day the First Fleet arrived in 1788) is seen… Continue reading Australia Day: A Time Both To Mourn And To Celebrate
I have a love-hate relationship with my smartphone. On the one hand, my phone gives me unprecedented access to tools and information that allow me to be more productive, and tap into great resources and podcasts on the go. But I also know that my smartphone is a great source of distraction, allowing me to… Continue reading Smartphones: A Love-Hate Relationship
A good friend of mine recently asked me a question that got me thinking. He’s a pastor of a local church in Perth who’s got a strong vision for Christians working together to see the gospel shape the people of our city, and one of his many spiritual gifts is that he asks good… Continue reading What Would Gospel Renewal Look Like?
Every now and then you hear someone express the sentiment that they believe in the authority of Jesus, but not the rest of the New Testament. They hold up (in theory) the authority of the Gospels, but not the letters and other books written by Jesus’ first followers. “I agree with Jesus,” for example, “but not… Continue reading “I like Jesus, but not the rest of the New Testament”
The gospel of Luke records that two thousand years ago, God made a groundbreaking announcement. The very night Jesus was born, “a great company of the heavenly army appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to those on whom his favour rests” (Luke 2:13-14). Peace. And… Continue reading “Peace On Earth” – Really?
Hudson Taylor faced a lot of difficult situations during his years in China. During one incident in 1859, he was in charge of a local hospital that was caring for hundreds of patients a day, including dozens of in-patients they had to feed. The hospital was expensive to run, but Hudson Taylor had no regular… Continue reading Hudson Taylor’s Last Bag of Rice
A few months ago Jim Carrey had this bizarre interview where he explains his firm belief that Jim Carrey does not exist. It sounds weird, and from a funny guy like Jim Carrey you’d think he was making some joke, but he’s completely serious. He believes that no one exists, and the idea of ‘self’… Continue reading Jim Carrey And The Search For What Satisfies
Hudson Taylor was a pioneer missionary to China in the 1800’s who faced a lot of trials in his life. In his autobiography he shares about one incident during his early years in China when he faced a great disaster.
I’ve just finished reading How To Get Unstuck: Breaking Free from Barriers to your Productivity by Matt Perman. I previously read his book What’s Best Next and really enjoyed it, so I was looking forward to this one – and it didn’t disappoint! Now, heaps of books have been written on productivity – and that’s an understatement – so… Continue reading How To Get Unstuck
Transgender issues have increasingly become part of our cultural conversation. And they’re not about to disappear. This means Christians need to work hard at engaging thoughtfully and lovingly on this topic – but that’s easier said than done. Many Christians have fallen into two opposite errors.