OPINION: “You Protest Too Much”

I often think that I open myself to the accusation “That you protest too much.” After all, many of my blogs are worded in terms of the negative—about bad practices, the need to undo the mistakes of the past—particularly regarding the adopted practices of the...

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QUESTION: The Lord’s Prayer

When Jesus taught his disciples the Lord’s Prayer, did he mean the disciples to say it by rote? I doubt it. Indeed, each time I hear it, I’m reminded of its constituent parts. It’s the elements that make up the prayer that are important, not the repetition by which it...

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QUESTION: Participation or Concert?

There are a lot of hymns, songs, etc. available to be sung in churches today. But sung by whom? When musicians pick music for a service, do they pick it for the congregation to sing or so that they can be entertained? Posted: 12th July 2018

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QUESTION: Church Music

Church music has always been the subject of much controversy. Sometimes it’s been the style of music, other times it’s been the words. But has anything really changed? Indeed, how many modern songs don’t fit people’s view of church music, are unsingable or just don’t...

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ADVERTISMENT: A New Church

EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST Expressions of interest are requested to form a new church on Hobart’s eastern shore, on the following principles. MAIN PRINCIPLES 1. That the church is to be God-centred, not man-centred; 2. That the church’s role is to make disciples, and...

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UPDATE: Exile and Restoration, etc.

Exile and Restoration The beginning of July has marked the beginning of work on Part 4 of the series A Twenty-First-Century Bible. Having said that, 45% of the book has already been translated—a consequence of work that was done on the Psalms for Book 2, and work that...

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DEVOTION: Reading Books Can Be Dangerous

Acts 8:26-40 Do you like reading books? I hope you do. But if you do, has anyone ever told you that reading books can be dangerous? Well, obviously, in the past, people have got themselves into trouble because they’ve tried to read the wrong books—books that have been...

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DEVOTION: Judging Others

Luke 6: 36-42 One of the hardest lessons in life must be learning not to judge others; not to look down on others because they don’t meet our particular standards. Because, whether it’s people who have hurt us personally, whether it’s because we can’t agree with other...

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DEVOTION: Commissioning in the Church

Luke 10:1-20 Whenever something significant happens in life, we seem to have a ceremony to go with it. When children are born, we have naming ceremonies. When two people decide to live together, we have weddings or other forms of commitment. And when people die,...

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DEVOTION: Getting the Balance Right

Ecclesiastes 3:1-14 I don’t really need to tell you, but life is not always easy. Life can be a real struggle, and for many, life can be a time of great sadness too. However, having said that, life can also be a time of great joy too. Indeed, there can be the fun,...

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