I’m Going Back to School

Your church probably reaches out to children through teaching Scripture classes in public schools, or an AWANA club, or the occasional holiday Bible club. You might already be involved in one of these outreaches. If you're not, perhaps you should! Here's a couple statistics to think about: 1. More than

By |2022-04-05T19:24:08+10:0016 September, 2009|

A Lost Soul

Today my Muslim friend is coming to visit. This is part of her last email to me : Sister I have pure, clean intentions to show you the Truth of Islam....I have been honest with you that I am NOT open to Christianity what so ever in the sense that

By |2022-04-05T17:08:40+10:006 August, 2009|

How are Babies Made?

We have four young children. The first two are old enough to grasp the significance of a new arrival in the family, but they cannot yet understand how babies are made. Similarly, I've found that many Christians assume new churches are born somehow, without realizing the process of church birth.

By |2022-04-05T19:28:27+10:0015 July, 2009|

When a Church Plants a Church

Last week I attended a church planting conference at Moore College with some friends. The event was well-attended with around 150 participants. I interacted with Anglican, Presbyterian, Baptist and a few Pentecostal ministers. While we obviously would not agree on various doctrines, I found the meeting to be helpful and

By |2022-04-05T19:28:43+10:001 July, 2009|

Nine reasons I believe in camp ministry

Saturday night I got an email asking if I could help drive our church teens down to Camp Benaiah today for a week of camp. I was thankful for the opportunity to do it because I believe in camp ministry. Here are some of the reasons why... 1. Young people

By |2013-01-10T12:48:20+10:0030 June, 2009|


My neighbour Julia is a Lebanese widow in her seventies who speaks very little English. When we moved to her neighbourhood , eight years ago, she was kind and friendly but from a distance. You need to understand that she was purposely distant with me after she knew that I

By |2022-04-05T17:09:48+10:0024 June, 2009|

Rob Apps Interview (Australian Pastor/Solicitor)

. . Rob Apps has kindly agreed to an email interview for our InFocus readers. But first, I want to direct you to the updated website for Apps Ministries. It's got a new look and should be a helpful resource, particularly for pastors and ministry leaders. . . . JH:

By |2013-01-10T12:50:27+10:0020 June, 2009|

Needed: New Churches

I've recently been thinking about church planting and will present three posts on the topic. I hope this will interest and provoke you, especially if you have not considered or experienced life in a new church. Do We Need More Churches? Based on the National Church Life Surveys, Sydney Anglican

By |2022-04-05T19:28:55+10:0011 June, 2009|

A Missionary Melody

My pastor, Steven Mock, preached on Psalm 96 on Sunday. He called this Psalm "a missionary melody." "Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples!" There were three key points that Steven made from the text: 1. Mission starts with worship (v. 1) Mission is

By |2013-01-10T13:01:08+10:009 June, 2009|

There’s Nothing in All the World Like the Local Church

There's nothing in all the world like the local church. There's joy. There's friendship. There's fellowship and life. People are being born again. People are testifying publicly through baptism. People are learning to love and know God. There are wise elderly mentors. There are children. There are families. There is

By |2013-01-10T16:50:46+10:0026 May, 2009|
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