John Sandeman

John Sandeman is a veteran journalist, and has held senior editorial positions at the Sydney Morning Herald and The Sun Herald. Click here to see older John Sandeman columns. In 2009 John founded the Eternity newspaper with david maegraith. www.eternity.biz

Sydney diocese: two tribes

August 2, 2009Rumour has it that there are more lay people "“ pewsitters "“ than clergy in our church. But the evidence can be hard to find.

Abusing the Bible

July 7, 2009Misquoting scripture is way too easy

Tribute to a revival preacher

June 4, 2009The Rev Geoffrey Bingham, former Principal of the Bible College of South Australia - a preacher who saw revival in South Australia - died earlier this week.

Hope in disaster

May 31, 2009One of the uncomfortable things about God is the hard things he lets happen to us.

Madness is infectious

March 29, 2009This column is in favour of madness and mad people.

Qantas vs Jetstar

February 22, 2009If only Qantas executives knew the Christian scene in Sydney better: they might have invented their two-brand (Jetstar and Qantas) strategy a long time ago.

Messy Houses

January 24, 2009When Ms Pewsitter gets asked, 'I see you up at church all the time doing stuff. When on earth do you do your housework?'. She answers, 'I don't'. They always think she is joking. But she is not.

Gelato Anglicanism

November 30, 2008In the new world of church planting, this pewsitter should have learnt by now not to be surprised by anything.

Synod’s warm inner glow

October 26, 2008There are radical stands being made in the Anglican Communion right now.

Verdict of Driscollmania

September 28, 2008What's the verdict of Driscollmania? Declare war on Sydney's middle-aged ways!

Even ‘˜hot chicks’ fail to attract men

August 31, 2008John Sandeman's theory explains the biggest mystery of church life.

Why Lambeth is like a Hollywood set

July 29, 2008Why Lambeth is like a Hollywood set...and Peter Jensen is our Ronald Reagan.

A drought is coming… of Holy Communion

July 6, 2008Google a Sydney Anglican website, look under "staff" and the chances are that you will find a bloke called a "minister", "senior minister" or "pastor". Look up the regulations and you will find that clergy are called "priests" or "presbyters" and "deacons".

The black man’s burden

May 25, 2008As Africans return the gospel to America, the Moral Majority is on the move.

Take the plunge!

April 27, 2008Finding the right coffee is one front-line in a spiritual battle.