What does evangelism mean in a post-modern society?

“Evangelism today and in particular with post-moderns requires prayer, listening, building trust, genuineness, real change and real action, openness and honesty. The gospel needs constant translation into their terminology and equipping those in developing post-modern cultures and sub-cultures with the tools (more…)

A place for the poet in church and evangelism

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…)

Council meets again!

At the first Council in Jerusalem, a deliberate and profound decision was made: Gentile believers were free to develop their own distinctive expression of church without the imposition of Jewish cultural norms. For many Australians today, Christianity is just as foreign as Judaism was to the Gentiles. It is time for the Council to meet again.  (more…)

Another good idea: calling Charlie

“Jesus’ cry is for you to break the mould of lukewarm faith, to break down the fences and to follow him out into the wild. It will mean rising above the noise and conflicting messages being screamed by the media and often your friends. It will stretch and excite you at the same time; it will take you to places you would have never otherwise gone. It will open your eyes to injustice and to the seemingly hopeless pain of others. Most of all it will inspire you to share the truth with those who don’t know it, because you will no longer be able to contain it.”  (more…)