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Review: Rediscover Church by Collin Hansen and Jonathan Leeman

Why go back to church after COVID lockdowns and restrictions ease? We are all exhausted after non-stop zoom calls so why can’t we just hang out with our friends? Why go to church where there might be people we actually dislike? Why go to church when we can download great preaching, or sing along to the best recorded tracks, and never have to meet new and awkward people? Rediscover Church wants to show you the beauty of the local church, and convince you that you need it—just as much as it needs you. “You have many reasons not to rediscover...

The Lord of The Lockdowns

It’s now a familiar feeling. Deflated, sad, disappointed, upset, anxious, depressed even. These are the kinds of emotions people in Melbourne are experiencing, and plenty more as well. Up and down on the COVID rollercoaster we go as the government gives us a few little freedoms before locking us down when fresh outbreaks appear. This way of living doesn’t do much good for one’s health and wellbeing. The perpetual uncertainty of when the next lockdown might be is doing a number on our ‘nerves’, to use the old vernacular. The perpetual uncertainty of when the next lockdown might be is...

Bearing with Others in Lockdown.

My verse for the year is “Bear with one another in love” (Eph 4:2) Strange verse to pick, I know. When I preached on this earlier in the year, I expected this 2021 to be a challenge (a repeat of 2020). Little did I know how relevant this verse would be as lockdown goes on. Little did I know how relevant this verse would be as lockdown goes on. A lot of life is bearing with others—and, to be frank, others bearing with you: putting up with other people’s personalities, oddities, annoyances, habits and quirks. But there is an extra pressure...

Champions and Chaplains – Making the Most of RUOK? Day

It’s almost RUOK? Day again (September 9). And perhaps this year more than others, the day will take on particular importance. More than ever, especially in those states enduring long lockdowns, people are likely to not be OK … and perhaps more willing to admit it. As a Christian I love the RUOK? Day movement. Which is why as a Christian, I love the RUOK? Day movement. An initiative that encourages us to be a bit more vulnerable with our colleagues and reach out to ensure that they are coping is to be commended. It’s also why I hope that...

What Should I Wear, God?

Women’s clothing is a neverending topic of conversation and opinion. Women seem to either wear too much or not enough depending on who you talk to. I was recently at a soccer game where a father with teenage girls was trying (unsuccessfully) to encourage them to cover up their exposed midriffs. I felt overwhelmed when I thought of my own two young girls who already have ideas about what they like and don’t like to wear. Current fashions encourage young ladies to wear high-waisted pants and short cropped tops, while others of us (perhaps more mature?) are doing all we...

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