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Untamed: Re-activating Missional Discipleship

My good friends Alan and Deb Hirsch have recently written a book called Untamed that is definitely worth a read by every church leader and every Christian. As I talk around today, God seems to be re-emphasizing the need for discipleship. It is so easy to focus on numbers, church growth and bigness and miss the vital importance of people becoming more like Jesus. I think the Spirit is calling the church to grow deeper and to lift the spiritual vitality in our lives. In this book, the Hirsches try to get us back to the revolutionary Jesus we are... Read more →


Revised Edition of Transforming Your Church

A revised edition of my book Transforming Your Church has just been released. It has a new chapter, new and revised material in all other chapters, and five new appendices covering topics such as church governance, the role of the senior minister, women in leadership, and self care for church leaders. The book is distributed by WORD Bookstore Australia and can be purchased via their web site. In the USA and a few other countries, a paperback version can be ordered from Amazon. It is also available in eBook format from Amazon. I pray that this book will continue to... Read more →


Money Musings (Pt.2)

Money ... we handle it every day, whether in the form of cash, credit card, cheque or online transactions. It is important to stop and reflect on our view of money and the values that influence how we use it. Here are a few wise insights from a variety of people throughout history. "There are three conversions necessary for every person: the conversion of the heart, the mind, and the purse (wallet)." [Martin Luther] "If a person gets their attitude toward money straight, it will help straighten out almost every other area of their life." [Billy Graham] "Give me five... Read more →


Money Musings (Pt.1)

Money ... we handle it every day, whether in the form of cash, credit card, cheque or online transactions. It is important to stop and reflect on our view of money and the values that influence how we use it. Here are a few wise insights from God's Word worth thinking about ... Beware that in your plenty you do not forget the Lord your God and disobey his commands, regulations, and decrees that I am giving you today. For when you have become full and prosperous and have built fine homes to live in, and when your flocks and... Read more →


Test Your Knowledge

Here is a fun way to test your knowledge ... You need only 4 correct answers to pass. 1) How long did the Hundred Years' War last? 2) Which country makes Panama hats? 3) From which animal do we get cat gut? 4) In which month do Russians celebrate the October Revolution? 5) What is a camel's hair brush made of? 6) The Canary Islands in the Pacific are named after what animal? 7) What was King George VI's first name? 8) What color is a purple finch? 9) Where are Chinese gooseberries from? 10) What is the color of... Read more →


Why Become a "Fair Trade" Church?

There has been some discussion and debate about 'fair trade' lately. Check out this ABC Four Corners article and also a response from Fairtrade Australia. Below is an article written by one of our volunteers in the Everyday Justice Everyday Choices ministry in our church ... worth thinking about. "In the last 30 years, the distribution of labor to developing countries has altered the global economic landscape, bringing a myriad of products to our country at very low prices. Interestingly, as consumers, it seems normal to think of our everyday food and clothing as well removed from the very farms... Read more →