Posts by Rick Maude

The Silent Epidemic that’s “Killing Us” (part 2)

The Silent Epidemic That’s “Killing Us” (Part 2) by Akos Balough (Gospel Coalition) In part 1 Akos raises the huge problem loneliness is for our western culture and then looks at 4 thoughts on why it is happening and why… 5) The Underlying Cultural Shift: Individualism. Although technologies like social media do shape us (for good or ill), loneliness was already a…

The silent epidemic that is killing us – Part 1

The Silent Epidemic That’s “Killing Us” by Akos Balough (Gospel Coalition) A silent epidemic is sweeping across western societies. It’s affecting young and old, rich and poor, educated and uneducated. You wouldn’t know it’s happening, because much of it takes place behind closed doors. But increasing numbers of people are touched by it. What is this silent epidemic? Loneliness.   According to…

Jewellery Jesus or genuine Jesus

Jewellery Jesus or Genuine Jesus  by Glenn Hohnberg It was a Buddha’s head that started the thought. The head was in Bunnings ready to receive your newly purchased soil and spring bulbs. A profound religious thinker who changed the path of history can now exist in every second tranquil Aussie garden. Utterly domesticated. Jesus is a lot like that. A glittering model of…

GAFCON 2018: A Turning Point in the History of Anglicanism – Part 3

GAFCON 2018: A Turning Point in the History of Anglicanism – Part 3 By Ed Loane  GAFCON Watershed GAFCON 2018 marks a significant turning point in the history of Anglicanism. The conference was not only the largest international gathering of Anglicans in the last 50 years, it represented the majority of the Anglican Communion. In the final statement the movement reiterates its…

GAFCON 2018: A Turning Point in the History of Anglicanism – Part 2

GAFCON 2018: A Turning Point in the History of Anglicanism – Part 2 By Ed Loane   Drift and Schism Unfortunately, towards the end of last century, some of the churches began to move away from the biblical and doctrinal basis of Anglican unity. At the 1998 Lambeth Conference these churches sought to validate their departure from scriptural norms by seeking the endorsement…

GAFCON 2018: A Turning Point in the History of Anglicanism – Part 1

GAFCON 2018: A Turning Point in the History of Anglicanism By Ed Loane  Almost 1700 years ago, on 20 June 325AD, 318 bishops concluded a very significant meeting. They had gathered in Nicaea because errors had arisen in the church which were so profound that they undermined the very foundation of the Christian message. Those bishops renounced the heresies and upheld orthodox…

GAFCON: Why This Anglican conference matters to all Christians – Part 2

GAFCON: Why this Anglican Conference matters to all Christians – Part 2 By Fiona McLean  Striving for unity God calls his people to be “standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel, and not frightened in anything by your opponents” (Philippians 1:27).  Striving for gospel unity will take wisdom and humility.  Satan would love…

GAFCON: Why this Anglican Conference matters to all Christians – Part 1

GAFCON: Why this Anglican Conference matters to all Christians – Part 1 By Fiona McLean                A vibrant Nigerian choir; stirring Bible teachers; nearly 2000 Anglicans from across the world gathered in Jerusalem, enthusiastically declaring the conference catch-cry, “We will proclaim Christ faithfully to the nations!”; the Lord’s Prayer said aloud in a joyful cacophony of different languages; six days of encouragement,…

Pleasure – Pain and our response – Part 4

Pain-Pleasure and Our Response by David Williams   In these four articles, I have suggested that the Western world is moving from a guilt-innocence to a pain-pleasure worldview. In this final article, I want to explore how the Bible engages the theme of pain and pleasure. Pain-pleasure or suffering-glory? The Bible’s answer to pain-pleasure is not Joel Osteen’s answer. Its answer is not that…

Pleasure- Pain and the Seduction of the church – Part 3

Pain-Pleasure and the Seduction of the Church – Part 3 By David Williams In this series of articles, I have argued that we are living through a radical change in the Western worldview. We are moving from being a guilt-innocence culture to becoming a pain-pleasure culture. Western societies increasingly are making their most fundamental decisions based on what brings us pleasure and…