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The Cross (2/6) Wisdom, Power and a Dead King

​Rory Shiner  Jews demand signs and Greeks look for wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles. (1 Corinthians 1:22-23) The crucifixion of Jesus didn’t come to Jew or Greek as an empty vessel, waiting to be filled with meaning. It meantsomething already. For the Jews, said Paul, the cross was “a stumbling block.” For the…

The Cross (1/6) Why did Jesus die?

Rory Shiner  BIBLE & THEOLOGY Why did Jesus die? This series is entirely given over to exploring answers to that question.  It’s an odd question to ask in some ways.  What sort of question are we asking? It could, of course, be a medical question. History tells us Jesus died by crucifixion, but a coronial inquest might want to go into exactly how crucifixion brings about…

Hope For Evangelism In A Secular Age – Part 2

by Akos Balogh (see last week for part 1) 3) Eschew Utopianism There can never be a perfect world this side of eternity. Christians should be people of love and justice. We’re to do good to all people (Gal 6:10), as we love our neighbours as ourselves (Matt 22:39). But as we do this on a personal level, on a corporate level…

Hope For Evangelism In A Secular Age

by Akos Balogh              Christians are often seen as “moral outlaws” in 2019 Australia. We’re now being pressured to leave our ‘bigoted’ views behind, at least out of the public square. And the temptation for Christians is to panic and become alarmist, as if God has forfeited His divine rule over the West.              So how do we live as Christians in…

“Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast” – Part 3

By Richard Chin (AFES) 4. Systems The systems—or organisational structures—produce their own cultural effect. The key is to understand the purpose of systems and set them up thoughtfully so that they serve God’s plan and strategy. For example, in Acts 6, the apostles had to organise a “system” to ensure that the daily distribution of food to all the widows was fair,…

“Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast” – Part 2 

By Richard Chin (AFES) GROWING A CULTURE THAT SERVES GOD’S STRATEGY Here’s a corny (but memorable!) acronym to create culture: MAPSss 1. Modelling Gospel Flexibility So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.Give no offense to Jews or to Greeks or to the church of God,just as I try to please everyone in everything I do, not seeking…

“Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast” – Part 1

By Richard Chin (AFES) MINISTRY, LEADERSHIP & TRAINING Management guru “Peter Drucker” famously observes that the culture of an organisation—that is, the beliefs or values held by the majority in that organisation—will thwart any attempt to implement a strategy if it is not compatible with it. Its what employees believe and how they behave that really determines the future of an organisation—not the strategies of management.…

Walking on Broken Glass

             In the month of Nov 2018, Chile became the newest province in the Anglican Communion, with national and international guests gathering in the capital, Santiago, for the celebrations presided over by the Archbishop of Canterbury.  Among the attendees was the General Secretary of the Anglican Consultative Council, Dr Josiah Idowu-Fearon, who presented a gift which he claimed symbolized the Anglican Communion.…

Why Christians Should Not Be Optimists – Part 2

By Akos Balough 2) Christians Are Called to Have ‘Hope’ Eternal hope, as opposed to worldly hope. McKay and many others are right to look at this world, and realistically examine what’s wrong with it. But the Bible doesn’t just leave us with a picture of reality.  It also promises that things will turn out for the best – just not in this…

Why Christians Should Not Be Optimists – Part 1

By Akos Balough (from Gospel Coalition website) I’ve noticed people aren’t as optimistic about the future these days. In our post 9-11, post-GFC, post-Trump era, people are increasingly anxious. Optimism no longer abounds – at least not like it used to. Australian social researcher Hugh McKay has recently written about this in his book Australia Reimagined: Towards a More Compassionate, Less Anxious Australia. He details the challenges facing…