Being Present

“Birger Nygaard once commented that he found the expression ‘missional church’ redundant.  It sounds, he said, like ‘female women’.  If it isn’t female, it isn’t a woman.  Likewise, if it isn’t missional, it isn’t church. (more…)

Why this Baptist Pastor loves Halloween

Is it wicked for Christians to have fun on Halloween?

If so, then count me guilty as charged. We all know that “become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some” is foundational to the evangelical church (1 Cor 9:22). It is because of this crucial evangelistic mindset that many churches are lead to endure the blandness of (more…)

8 Ways For Churches To Respond To Halloween

Churches are highly resistant to Halloween, for a range of good reasons. I won’t preach to the converted on all the worrying aspects of Halloween. But if our response is to hide behind locked doors and closed curtains in darkened rooms are we missing out on a fantastic opportunity to engage missionally in our local community? (more…)

For our next trick…

Monday is the day I talk about church stuff to my irreligious friends more than any other day. This is in response to the ‘Monday question’: “How was your weekend?” (more…)

On mission in the neighbourhood – four spiritual practices

What does it look like to join with God on his mission in the neighbourhood? If we believe that the communities where God has put us are sacred ground, then we will be keen discerners of God’s activity in order to work for his kingdom there.  (more…)

Business As Mission – The Church In The Marketplace

It’s another busy morning in Upper highland Reserve. At the heart of the new community parents drop their children off at day care, the café barista fires up the coffee machine and trucks drop off fresh supplies for the supermarket. A common sight at many suburban community hubs except this one is different: (more…)

Tips for engaging in post-Christian culture

Mission in the Post-Christian West is really tough but thoroughly worth it! For the last ten years my passion has been to see unchurched Australians introduced to the mind boggling fact that the creator of laughter, the Cheetah and the Orion constellation personally loves them and is going to makeover the world minus all the bad stuff. This reality makes me determined to cut through the antagonism and apathy that arises in unchurched Aussies at the sound of the word “Christian”. I tend to be someone who learns by doing and so I have learnt enough things to fufill a small aircraft hanger. Here are three. I hope, like a good robust massage, they are slightly painful but yet ultimately healing. (more…)