OPINION: A 21st Century Reformation

There is much about the church today that is different to the church of the Bible. Indeed, over the years, our theological understanding has developed and grown, and new practices have been adopted. So much so, that I’ve often wondered whether a truly biblical church...

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SERMON: A Letter from Palestine

Mark 9:14-32; 11:22-23; Luke 17:5-6 A. INTRODUCTION Instead of the usual sermon, I’d like to read you a letter: Hello, my name is Ben, and I’m writing to you from across the miles, and from across the years. And I’m writing, because I’m sure that even you, in your...

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SERMON: What Would Paul Write to Us Today?

1 Thessalonians A. INTRODUCTION 1. Writing Letters Over the years people have discovered different ways to communicate with one another. Obviously, speech has always been the simplest method, but as literacy rates have increased, the cost of writing materials reduced,...

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OPINION: Islam and the Christian Church

In Australian society there seems to be a gag on the issue of Muslims living in Australia. Indeed, it is considered politically incorrect to suggest the need for any sort of debate about their immigration and their place in Australian society. At the heart of it, is...

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DEVOTION: The True Gospel

Mark 2:13-17 One of the great facts of life is that no matter how much is said and heard about Jesus and the Gospel, the majority will still struggle to understand what it all means. Yes, some of the biblical stories are well known, and yes, at certain times people...

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SERMON: God’s Kind of People

Luke 18:1-14 A. INTRODUCTION 1. Acceptable People: Society’s View When we look around at the world today, there are a number of people who are looked up to, who are given respect and places of honour, and who are held in high esteem. Some have done great things. Some,...

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UPDATE: Keys to a Godly Life, etc.

The publishing of books this year has not been as straightforward as I would have wished. Nevertheless, I can now advise the availability of two new books. Bits and Pieces 2018 “Bits and Pieces 2018” (a renaming of “Rough Cuts 2018”) has finally been published. But it...

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DEVOTION: Forgiveness

Matthew 18:21-35 1. Introduction The topic of forgiveness is a subject that is raised continually in the bible—Old Testament and New Testament alike. So much so, that there is a danger of it being too familiar—an issue that can be easily glossed over. Despite that,...

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SERMON: Do Not Add or Take Away

Deuteronomy 4:2, 12:32; Proverbs 30:5-6; Jeremiah 26:2; Revelation 22:18-19 A. INTRODUCTION Whether we like it or not we live in a world of change. And to a large extent that change is of our own making. We change our landscape: we clear trees, we mine for minerals,...

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