If you could hatch a plan to be a powerful witness to our nations biggest political power brokers would you: (a) Run for Parliament in a major party, (b) start or join a Christian lobby group, or (c) open a tiny Chinese restaurant? (more…)
A Muslim in Sydney came up recently with what he purportedly thought would be a great way to foster understanding between Muslims and Christians. He established an organisation called MyPeace and commissioned some billboards that proclaimed that Jesus was a prophet of Islam. If he was looking for publicity he sure got some. If he was looking for a response from Christians he sure got that. In fact there were two different kinds of responses he got. I like one and I don’t care for the other. (more…)
A few years ago now, I happened across a church blog entry entitled “poetry is not a luxury.” I recognised its title, borrowed from an essay by Caribbean-American writer, poet and activist Audre Lorde, and was immediately struck by a magazine article extract it contained entitled “How one justice-seeker was redeemed by beauty.” 1 As one who is equally passionate about working for social justice and the importance of art in culture and society, it was one of those serendipitous discoveries that gave voice to what I had been, until that point, unable to articulate. It read, (more…)
It’s hard to be funny under pressure. Hey, it’s hard enough for some of us to be funny at all. But, as this helpful little column will tell you, you absolutely must be funny if you are to reach Australians at all. Must. Or there’s no hope for you. You’ll need to minister in some other country like Switzerland or Canberra. So, no pressure. (more…)
Evangelical Christians believe the call of God rests on every believer. We’ve sometimes over-honoured those “called” to pastoral ministry or missionary service, and under-honoured those equally “called” to engage our community in its various structures and networks. PRAC chatted with Senator Guy Barnett (Liberal Senator for Tasmania) and Shayne Neumann MP (Labor Federal Member for Blair), both of whom are active members of Baptist Churches, about their calling to a parliamentary career. (more…)
It’s not often you meet a professional clown, let alone two. For twins Peter and David Bissell, clowning is just a part of their extraordinary lives. Each diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis at birth, they’ve had more than their fair share of challenges to overcome. Read on to learn about finding humour in the little things.
A church I know was running a large and successful Christmas outreach program and one of the church members involved invited her neighbour. She came along and enjoyed it and, afterwards, said to the church member, “That was a great story about the baby in a manger. I’ve never heard it before. Did you write it?”