A quest for uncluttered Christianity

A quest for uncluttered Christianity

A friend of Gandhi once asked, “If you admire Christ so much, why don’t you become a Christian?” Gandhi reportedly responded, “When I meet a Christian who is a follower of Christ, I will consider it.” Later Gandhi demanded Christians to first understand the message of Jesus, and then strive to live without stereotyping others.

  • Truth for the weary mum of young children

    Truth for the weary mum of young children

    You’ve probably seen her, perhaps in the supermarket or the park: she has a baby in one arm and is trying to herd the other children in the right direction. Of course, the toddler is having a meltdown over something trivial: there’s a hair on his finger or the zip on his jacket came undone. It seems like someone is always crying. Sometimes everyone is crying, even mum! 

  • From the red pill to the God pill

    From the red pill to the God pill

     'You know something. What you know, you can't explain. But you feel it. You felt it your entire life. Something's wrong with the world. You don't know what, but it's there. Like a splinter in your mind...  driving you mad.

  • Lessons learned and unlearned

    Lessons learned and unlearned

    As a teenager, I had a short-lived and highly unsuccessful babysitting career. One memorable fail was when I decided to wake a sleeping baby for a cuddle. I poked and prodded through its wooden cot bars until the poor baby stirred. Then it cried. Loudly and endlessly.

  • The family line of Cain

    The family line of Cain

    I’ve been taking an interest in the second half Genesis 4, verses 16-24, through to Chapter 5, the third generation of man. In this initial article the focus is on the family of line of Cain.

  • What’s in it for me?

    What’s in it for me?

    It was a brief video screening regularly in a national park centre. The video was encouraging young people to consider a career as a park ranger. Attractive young people in park ranger uniforms were shown in stunning natural environments doing a variety of activities.

  • God doesn’t micromanage

    God doesn’t micromanage

    Recently I was talking to a friend who attended a funeral of a Christian young person. They wondered if this person had achieved all that God intended for their life. And then wondered the same thing about their own life. It assumes that God’s plan for our lives is to complete a series of God-ordained tasks.

  • Growing up Asian-Australian in Sydney Churches

    Growing up Asian-Australian in Sydney Churches

    The changing demographics of regular church attendance in Australia is no secret to long-time Christians, with declining numbers of Anglo-Australians. This, however, does not signify the end of Christianity in the country, with an increasing number of church attendees coming from an immigrant and especially a second-generation Asian background.

  • The other unforgivable sin—can a Christian drink alcohol?

    The other unforgivable sin—can a Christian drink alcohol?

    Once upon a time, I wrote an articleabout a time I was chastised for my tattoos while preaching at a small country church. I pondered then whether tattoos were seen as the ‘unforgivable sin’ in many Christian circles.

  • Fast freighters through the suburbs

    Fast freighters through the suburbs

    One of the articles I wrote as Footplate Padre for the On Track railway e-magazine was driving a freight train from Port Kembla to Sydney's Enfield good's yard.

  • Laguna Quays Respite repainted

    Laguna Quays Respite repainted

    The Whitsundays Laguna Quays Respite coordinated by Well-Being Australia for missions has enjoyed a repainting (inside) by helpers Will and Margaret Pearce  -  now in its eighth year the Whitsundays mission respite facility has provided many mission families / couples and chaplains - a much deserved rest and recuperation. 

  • “I have always believed in Miracles” – PM Scott Morrison

    “I have always believed in Miracles” – PM Scott Morrison

    Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morison an unashamed Christian who worships in a Sydney ‘Sutherland Shire’ Pentecostal congregation, in his victory speech, opened with these words – “I have always believed in miracles”.