Ministry thinking

Who Stole the Ashes?

February 20, 2011 | Phillip JensenHow great a tragedy is it that Australia lost The Ashes?

White babies more valuable than black babies

May 11, 2010 | David MansfieldAre white babies more valuable than black babies? Non-indigenous babies more precious than indigenous babies? Australian children more worthy of care than African children?

What’s wrong with ‘Jesus-my-boyfriend’ songs?

April 14, 2009 | Jonathan HoltOne of the easiest targets in the church music scene is surely the 'Jesus-my-boyfriend' songs.

Manga Jesus: a way to reach teens

March 27, 2009 | Rhonda WatsonJesus strides across the book cover, a glow around his head and light-streaks of power fading away behind him... His white robe glows and pulses with power. Behind him are wild and dramatic angel figures with long purple hair, soft-eyed adoring females clasping their hands and aggressive young men punching the air. Welcome to 'Manga Messiah'...

Church-planting is more than a fad

March 19, 2009 | Al StewartFresh off the plane from the US, Bishop Al Stewart answered's questions on why church-planting is more than a fad and his vision for church-planting in Australia.

Driscoll’s boot camp - and our plans

March 12, 2009 | Al StewartA group of us from different cities and denominations have just attended a church planters' Boot Camp at Mars Hill Church Seattle : Andrew Heard (Central Coast), Steve Chong (Kirkplace- Kogarah Presbyterian), Guy Mason (Docklands Church, Melbourne), and Mikey Lynch (Hobart) from March 9-10. This was my fourth ministry-related trip to the USA and I think what I'll bring home will be similar to the other three trips, that is – 'the vibe'.

Welcome to the Zeebra Cafe

March 1, 2009 | Judy AdamsonJudy Adamson goes inside a very unusual Sydney church, meets tough, hard-living surfers who have had their lives radically changed, and discovers how a whole suburb is being transformed.

My thoughts on Mardi Gras

February 28, 2009 | Haydn SennittIt's officially that season again in Sydney: the Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. As advertised on the website of the festival organisers, Mardi Gras is a time for gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, and transgendered (GBLT) people to celebrate their sexuality free of restraint.

A church without worship?

February 23, 2009 | David PetersonIn the past 30 years we have seen our churches move rapidly away from formal liturgy. More and more congregations are devising 'do-it-yourself' church services. Everything seems up for grabs.

Leading a church through bushfire

February 19, 2009 | Di NicoliosAlmost two weeks since her neighbourhood was devastated by bushfire, the Rev Di Nicolios talks about how her church has been affected and how it is caring for the local community.

Big Day In had no right to work

February 15, 2009 | Andrew NixonFrom my humble perspective as a supernumery (aka spare wheel) at Kellyville, Big Day In defied comprehension, writes Andrew Nixon.

We need more moneytalk

February 9, 2009 | Paul DallimoreI have been really interested in the whole prosperity debate. When I look at the extremes of the prosperity teaching I want to cringe. But when I read reports of it from other Christians, I ask myself, what are you trying
to say?, writes Paul Dallimore.