On Rethinking Church

On Rethinking Church In February 2009 Berkely Salvation Army engaged a church health consultant to evaluate our church and recommend a way to increase our church health.  The consultation quickly turned to an intervention. The church, while it may have looked ok on paper, was found to be very toxic.  I was informed on the…

How To Fill A Church With Kids

  When Darryl asked me to write a paragraph or two on ‘How to fill a church with kids’ I felt a little flattered, more overwhelmed and completely unqualified all at once.  I am sure there are far more experienced, more qualified and those having more success than we are at Woonona Baptist.  With that…

Journey off the Edge of My Map

Journey off the Edge of My Map It’s 2 years now since I started investigating the culture behind the sucess of the Bethel Church, Redding, California. My interest was aroused when I heard the testimonies and listened to the sermons. Biblical stuff was happening and the bible was being taught…that’s big stuff for a Baptist…

Kingdom Madness or is it Obedience?

KINGDOM MADNESS OR IS IT OBEDIENCE? Before the world cup in 2010 I thought I was hearing from God “it’s time for a new kingdom adventure”. As I was not sure I let it lie. Then again in on 15/10/2011 I attended the Willow Creek Global Summit and the challenge that came out was in…

Life and Ministry through a 74 year old lens

After I had expressed appreciation of John Buchanan’s testimony, Darryl asked me to write my testimony, as a Christian in old age. Billy Graham, in his latest book “Nearing Home – Life, Faith, and Finishing Well” says that while he was taught how to die as a Christian, no one ever taught him how to…

When all else fails

WHEN ALL ELSE FAILS   I am not sure if you have ever felt this way but often we are brought to the place of ‘when else fails how about…..’ I am convinced that the Holy Spirit desires the Illawarra to experience his presence in an unlimited way. As Churches we often try everything else…

Jean-Marie Bigirindavyi

It was 2003. I was from Burundi, but now living in a refugee camp in Malawi with 15 000 other people. My country was torn by civil war. I and my family lived in a mud brick house with a grass roof. One night, about midnight, our neighbour came in and asked for a lamp.…

Prayer

Prayer has always been important to me.  After all, without regular, two-way communication, no relationship can survive, let alone flourish and become more intimate. And my relationship with God needs to flourish and become more intimate. In May last year, Joy and I were faced with (actually smashed in the face with!) eight family tragedies…

Kim Iredale

Our church had turned a corner bought a building, was healthy and happy. I was excited about the future, not just for our church but our city, and to go with whatever God had in His plans for us. I was healthy and active, going to the doctors was a rare occurrence for me, but…

An Account of His Grace

An account of His Grace We overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony I believe God placed this prayer in my inmost being when He knew me before I was conceived:  Father in Jesus Christ, I want to live in the reality of Your Presence, In sweet conversation with…