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Video: Who is your Macedonian Man? (Acts 16:6-10)

Grace Snellville, Atlanta in 2013 The Man from Macedonia HD from Grace Fellowship Church Sermons on Vimeo.  

I’ve Launched a Podcast

I’ve recently launched The Unmade Podcast with my friend Brady Haran. In each episode we discuss ideas for new podcasts that we will never make. It’s a lot of fun, and also quite… Continue reading

Nick Cave – Man or Myth?

Following the disintegration of The Birthday Party in 1983, but prior to the formation of The Bad Seeds, Nick Cave briefly performed under the stage name ‘Nick Cave – Man or Myth?‘ Two… Continue reading

Five Ethical Principles to Guide Putting Together a Church Planting Team

Church planting at its best may be the most strategic dimension of mission. At its worst it can be an expression of selfish ambition and turf war. The energy and excitement of a new… Continue reading

An Australian Republic? Facts and Sentiment

In considering the question of whether Australia should move to become a republic, I think its helpful to consider both fact and sentiment. Currently, in the Commonwealth of Australia, executive power is constitutionally vested in the Queen of… Continue reading

Beyond Sunday: Intro to Faith, Life & Work

I’ve just finished lecturing through a new topic Beyond Sunday: Introduction to Faith, Life and Work. The unit was introduced in response to reflection on how much of ministry is focused on the gathered church;… Continue reading

Don’t Underestimate the Impact of Christian Biography on Young People

This week I picked up Eric Metaxas’ latest book 7 Women and the Secrets of their Greatness, which provides an introductory overview of the lives of Joan of Arc, Susanna Wesley, Hannah More, Saint… Continue reading

Best & Worst Books on Political Campaigns

I’ve just finished Double Down: The Explosive Inside Account of the 2012 Presidential Election by John Helleman and Mark Halperin. It’s the sequel to their magnificent Game Change: Obama & the Clintons, McCain… Continue reading

Tim Keller in Australia

The reach of Tim Keller continues. In March he’s in Sydney for a conference for Church Planters and Pastors, in a week that also involved events for Young Adult Ministry, Women’s Ministry, and… Continue reading

Bono on the death of Lou Reed

I was planning to post something on the recent death of Lou Reed. A friend at school, Honi, first introduced me to the Velvet Underground, but don’t think I really knew Lou until… Continue reading

Radical Axioms for Modern Life

I’ve been reflecting recently on each of the quite radical statements of Jesus at the beginning of the famous Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5: 1-12, which read like radical axioms for… Continue reading

Documentary Film about Rev John Smith

There’s growing support for grass-roots funding towards the making of a documentary film about the life of Rev John Smith. John is one of the defining figures of Christian mission and ministry in… Continue reading

Do Entrepreneurs Feel Closer To God?

This from Harvard Business Review: A new study by academics at Baylor University found that entrepreneurs prayed more frequently than other people and were more likely to believe that God was personally responsive to… Continue reading

New Book on the Struggle to Have Children

On Friday I read a new book well worth recommending to those struggling to have children. It’s Resurrection Year by Sheridan Voysey. My wife and I having walked part of this journey, I found… Continue reading

What Gen Y Say They Need To Live Life More Fully.

Last week in preparation for a talk with a non-profit, I conducted an online survey with questions related to values, life-pressures, identity, regrets and hopes. I was keen to see if it confirmed… Continue reading

Davis McCaughey

I’ve just finished Sarah Martin’s recent biography on Davis McCaughey. For those unfamiliar, McCaughey was a defining figure in the formation of the Uniting Church, personally drafting much of the Uniting Church’s foundational… Continue reading

New Weekly Series on Christian Spirituality, north & south of Adelaide

Starting in late April, I’m doing a weeknightly lecture series ‘Spirituality for 21st Century Disciples‘  at two locations, north and south of Adelaide. It’s a unique opportunity for people to engage in some… Continue reading

Green Team Hindley St Project

As we start a new year, I strongly encourage you to consider volunteering in an great program serving one of the most complex and critical issues in our city. The Green Team Hindley St Project… Continue reading

Read the Bible With Me

I’m participating in the Bible Society‘s ‘Read the Bible with..’ campaign. I was asked, along with a bunch of people, to reflect briefly on seven passages of scripture. You can check out my short reflections,… Continue reading

Orwell & Dangerous Stories

It was a pleasure to speak twice at The Journey Uniting Church on Sunday, on ‘The Foundations of Belief in a Postmodern World”. We explored the consequences of living within a culture that… Continue reading

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