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
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.
The church has often done a very bad job of understanding and responding to transgender issues – and the consequences have been disastrous. This matters because we’re not just talking about issues, we’re talking about people. By failing to respond to transgender issues with truth and grace, we have caused great harm and damage in people’s… Continue reading Christians Need To Understand Gender Dysphoria Better
“Hey Christian, don’t be on the wrong side of history.” It’s a common warning nowadays, especially around topics like same-sex marriage and transgender issues. Don’t get stuck in the past! Stop holding on to your archaic views on marriage and gender. Get with the times, history is progressing, and you don’t want to get left… Continue reading Hey Christian, Don’t Be On The Wrong Side Of History
We see corrupt and unjust governments all around us. In our newsfeeds and our history books we see countless examples of human authorities that abuse their power – governments that are rife with corruption, injustice, and oppression. In light of all this, Romans 13:1 is troubling. It says, “Everyone must submit themselves to the governing authorities,… Continue reading Should Christians Submit to Corrupt Governments?
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?
With Christmas very quickly approaching, my church is moving through our Advent series in which we are focusing on the humanity of Jesus. Last Sunday we looked at what it means that Jesus is The Man Who Learned Obedience. The Bible teaches that Jesus learned obedience from what he suffered during his earthly life, but saying something… Continue reading Jesus, The Man Who Learned Obedience