Pastor or Pope?

The subject at hand is extremely controversial and the ramifications of such an article will no doubt cause me open contempt, disrespect and possibly the label of 'heretic.' In spite of the inevitable results, I feel it necessary, yea vital, to present readers with a Biblical perspective on the role

By |2022-04-05T16:40:38+10:001 March, 2012|

The Perils of Democracy

Following on from the discussion regarding the Perils of Capitalism, it is worth considering the assumption that democracy is the best form of earthly government. As Australia undergoes Rudd vs. Gillard Part II, many voters are asking the question, "When I voted Rudd in 2007, why did I get Gillard?

By |2022-04-05T17:45:01+10:0023 February, 2012|

Christ-Centred Preaching in a Self-Centred Culture

‘For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord’ (2 Cor. 4:5 ) After a full life of ministry, the fifty year old Charles Spurgeon writes, ‘Souls by hundreds come to faith in Jesus under a ministry which sets Him forth clearly and constantly. Few remain unbelieving under a

By |2022-04-05T16:44:05+10:0016 November, 2011|

Are You Effective?

The best thoughts do not always win. Ideas that are communicate effectively come out on top. I often ask myself, 'Why are the best television advertisements for beer? Can't the gospel be promoted with equal professionalism?' Without diminishing the work of the Holy Spirit, we should ask ourselves, 'Is our

By |2022-04-05T17:51:44+10:002 September, 2011|

Pastors and blogging (An interview with Al Garlando)

Following on from last week's interview with Bob Bixby, I've interviewed Al Garlando, an Australian blogging pastor. Jason Harris interviews Albert Garlando for InFocus JH: I know you're a busy man, so I appreciate you taking the time to share with us. First, just let us know a little about

By |2021-11-26T13:16:41+10:0029 March, 2011|

Should pastors blog? (An interview with Bob Bixby)

Part of the purpose of InFocus is to develop the Australian blogosphere. We do this by providing an Australian section in our blogroll, by linking generously to Australian blogs, and by encouraging Australian readers, thinkers, and theologians to blog. I want to further support this purpose by focusing today on

By |2021-11-26T13:30:22+10:0022 March, 2011|

Learning from Luther

Martin Luther (1483 – 1546) was one the most colourful and passionate characters in church history. As a principle reformer, Luther took complex issues and unravelled them into the common vernacular – allowing theologians and farmers alike to respond with childlike simplicity to the Gospel. We know and love the

By |2022-04-05T18:07:21+10:0024 June, 2010|

Three Errors in Establishing Church Ministries

A good friend and mentor taught this personal life lesson to me. NO VISION, NO ABILITY TO EXECUTE “We’ve tried it before.” “That won’t work here.” “I’m too busy.” It can be very disheartening to meet people who have no vision for God’s work and no heart to see it

By |2022-04-05T18:07:43+10:0010 June, 2010|

Just because

You know how to recognise a person who isn't acting deliberately? Ask him "why?" If he doesn't know, then he's probably doing it "just because." "Just because" is rarely a good reason. "Why do I need a reason for everything I do?" you might ask. Because that's what it means

By |2014-12-27T17:36:20+10:006 April, 2010|

Thoreau: “to live deliberately”

He wasn't a believer, but Henry David Thoreau was a thoughtful and articulate man. This piece from Walden inspires and intrigues me. I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it

By |2014-12-27T18:09:29+10:0030 March, 2010|
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