Church History

Reformation Day

It was on this day in 1517 that Martin Luther nailed his Ninety-Five Theses on the Power and Efficacy of Indulgences to the door of the church in Wittenberg, Saxony. Little did he know that day what God was about to do. The poem above is something I wrote for

By |2022-07-26T17:24:14+10:0031 October, 2013|

The fellowship of the dead

I wonder if any genre has so much to offer the believer as biography. There is wonderful fellowship to be had among those whose lives ended even before ours began. Muster of the dead Hundreds of lives have been recorded. People whose faith and joy in God changed our nation

By |2021-11-25T11:34:28+10:0011 September, 2012|

Reading through the 95 Theses (Part 2)

There is no doubt that the posting of the 95 Theses on the church door is one of the iconic moments of the Reformation. However, a contemporary reading these words would have trouble predicting the role that Luther would play in the years ahead. Two lesson here: 1) Understanding takes

By |2022-04-05T17:56:44+10:005 February, 2012|

Reading the Sources

I was listening to a Yale lecture on American history this afternoon and the professor referenced Jonathan Edwards and his most famous sermon - "Sinners in the hands of an Angry God." She took time to read a section from the text so that everyone could get an audible "Jonathan

By |2022-04-05T17:57:07+10:0029 January, 2012|

Love a Good Sex Scandal?

The rise of sex scandals in modern life is amazing and sad. While nothing shocks me anymore, I continue to be disappointed by the number of leaders – Christian and non-Christian – who lack integrity at high levels. It does seem that absolute power corrupts, and that corruption usually takes

By |2022-04-05T17:48:40+10:002 December, 2011|

What is the future for Israel?

Today, September 23rd 2011, is the day that Palestine will ask the United Nations to vote on its statehood. I have no idea whether this request will be passed or vetoed; and whether its aftermath will be peaceful or violent. However, 63 years after the establishment of modern Israel, its

By |2022-04-05T17:51:00+10:0023 September, 2011|

Does architecture enhance worship?

I enjoyed visiting St. Stephen’s Anglican Church in Newtown (Sydney) on Saturday for a wedding. The church was constructed in the 1870s by Edmond Blacket. You would probably be more familiar with his “other” designs – The University of Sydney and St. Andrews Cathedral. While waiting for the wedding to

By |2022-04-05T17:58:52+10:0018 September, 2011|

Labels … More Harm than Good?

Do you every wonder why Spirituality is respected, but Religion is a dirty word? Consider the myriad of Christian terms: Protestant, Orthydox; Reformed, Charismatic; Fundamentalist, Evangelical; And this is before we use sub-denominations, philosophies or personalities. If this definition growth continues, we will soon run out of phone boxes to

By |2022-04-05T17:53:29+10:0029 July, 2011|

Learning from history

CONTENT WARNING: This post contains material which some readers may find disturbing. If you do not wish to see this material, please stop reading now. "Mum! Why do I have to study all this boring history stuff? I'll never use it!" "I just want practical training. I don't want to

By |2013-01-09T15:51:03+10:0026 April, 2011|

Old Advice For Modern Parents

“False natural love blinds parents so that they have more regard for the bodies of their children than they have for their souls… It is of the greatest importance for every married man to pay closer, more thorough, and continuous attention to the health of his child’s soul than to

By |2022-04-05T18:59:25+10:0030 March, 2011|
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