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?
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
The world has changed a lot in the last hundred years. A lot of things that used to make sense no longer do. A lot of people ask the question: is overseas missions one of those things? Should we still be sending missionaries overseas? That’s a legitimate question, and there are many reasons people raise… Continue reading The World Has Changed – Should We Still Be Sending Missionaries?
For many of us, spiritual disciplines and guilt go together like chicken and garlic (it’s a thing, trust me). As soon as someone even mentions having a daily quiet time our guilt radar gets a ping. We feel bad that we don’t read the Bible enough, pray enough, and we can often feel that in… Continue reading Spiritual Disciplines and the Central Strategy for Fighting Guilt
I just recently read an article written in response to the close defeat of a bill to legalise same-sex marriage in New South Wales. I was surprised to find that the article had pretty much nothing to do with same-sex marriage at all, but was instead a vitriolic tirade against Christianity. The author criticised the… Continue reading Is the Gospel offensive, or are we?
Best estimates suggest that over a quarter of the population of the Roman Empire were slaves – a staggering figure. And since it was in the midst of the Roman Empire that Christianity was born, slavery was a reality that Christians have faced since our inception. So how did the earliest Christians view slavery? And… Continue reading Does the Bible Condone Slavery?
We’ve all seen this quote thrown around at some point or another, and perhaps you’ve even quoted it yourself: “Preach the gospel at all times, and if necessary, use words.” – St. Francis of Assisi. Seems like a good quote – it sounds pretty spiritual, and you definitely get extra points for quoting an old monk.