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Stop it. I Don’t Like it!

There is nothing that stops parents in their tracks than the phrase, ‘Stop it. I don’t like it!” bellowed by a 3-year-old at the park. We teach kids from an early age to say this when they are not comfortable with the situation—both to make the other person (usually another child, but not always) aware that they want the behaviour to stop, and to alert those around. In my experience of many, many trips to the park, it’s highly effective. All parents know what it means, and so do most children. I have seen many a time where an older...

What to Do With Santa?

I still remember a crazy moment back in 2014 on Channel 10’s “The Project”. Comedian Kitty Flanagan got into hot water for saying: How else do you explain intelligent, educated folks studying Santa, a man that doesn’t even exist. Aw, sorry, spoiler alert! If you have kids in the room you should probably have covered their ears and gone la la la. My point is that if you want to study a Christmassy man that doesn’t exist, surely Jesus comes in at number one. As you can expect, parents were outraged, and the next day The Project made a grovelling...

God or Money

Christians have a complicated relationship with money and gospel ministry.  On one hand, we know a great deal of Christian ministry relies on money from church-goers. We know that it is good to be generous (Prov 19:17), and to do good, particularly to those within the household of faith (Gal 6:10). We are also repeatedly warned about the spiritual dangers of desiring to be wealthy in this world (Mk 10:23; Jas 5:1-6; Mk 4:19; Mk 8:36).  We are repeatedly warned about the spiritual dangers of desiring to be wealthy … On the other hand, we need money for ourselves. On...

It Matters How

See part one of this two-part series on fighting sin here. My alarm went off. I squinted at the time: 6:25am. It was cold and dark and my body was being uncooperative. It screamed at me to roll over and get some more sleep. I was seriously tempted. There was another voice though, albeit a quieter one. It simply said you need to do it. I felt the internal struggle, amazed at how quickly the war had begun once again. Then—though my body reeled at the betrayal—the covers were off and my feet were on the ground. The hardest part...

Mission Minded? Try Christian Education

Whether you’re an investment banker, a first home buyer, or on Gumtree trying to break into the second-hand bike market, you are searching for one thing: a high-value proposition. You want your dollar to work for you. You want ‘bang-for-buck.’ No one wants to spend a lot and get little in return. Yet, as many Christian workers look at their career, it can be discouraging. Opportunities to witness come infrequently; workplace cultures can be bleakly secular (even hostile). Even when gospel seed is diligently scattered, it seems to be landing on the path—a concrete path. Christian education should be part...

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