John Skinner – sport writer and Over 31 'panellist' for the young writer program

John Skinner – sport writer and Over 31 'panellist' for the young writer program

John Skinner is one of the young writer panellists. John is a Vietnam Veteran, a journalist, a national rodeo judge, a cricket umpire and these are his own words.

  • Bepsoke Bibles for New Zealand’s Army, Airforce and Navy

    Bepsoke Bibles for New Zealand’s Army, Airforce and Navy

    Bible Society New Zealand has just given 5,000 specially designed Bibles to the chaplaincy service of the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF).

  • One Day in Melbourne – 2 plenaries and afternoon fun

    One Day in Melbourne – 2 plenaries and afternoon fun

    The 4th ‘One Day in Melbourne’ for missions’ communications personnel this year under fresh leadership will be held at Craigieburn Salvation Army on Saturday 10 August.

  • The Footplate Padre story

    The Footplate Padre story

    An opportunity came to me to become the Footplate Padre which in turn opened numerous doors for ministry over many years. I was a Locomotive Engineman for ten years before I entered Morling Seminary to study for the Baptist ministry.

  • Young writers Brain Trust last weekend

    Young writers Brain Trust last weekend

     On Saturday 4 May in Melbourne the young writer’s Brain’s Trust met  -  led by chair Sam Gillespie, a gathering that has met since 2015 as a consultancy body for Press Service International and Christian Today.

  • Saturday - Young Writer’s Brain’s Trust in Melbourne

    Saturday - Young Writer’s Brain’s Trust in Melbourne

    Saturday (4 May) sees the annual young writer’s Brain’s Trust meeting in Melbourne chaired by Sydney’s Sam Gillespie.

  • African Enterprise Pastor Training Course empowers the next generation of evangelists

    African Enterprise Pastor Training Course empowers the next generation of evangelists

    Any true cultural change has to transcend the generation that leads it in order to last.

  • ANZAC has a strong local component

    ANZAC has a strong local component

    As long as I am able to recall even from a very early age, ANZAC Day involved three things  -  attending the ANZAC Day March, talking about the ideals of ANZAC within the family, learning about ANZAC at school.

  • History miracles  -  Cricket chaplaincy

    History miracles  -  Cricket chaplaincy

    The cricket ministry developed smoothly and without a hitch. It was only years later, that I discovered the reason for this smooth acceptance of chaplaincy, when I realised in the late 1990s that Denis Rogers, chairman of the Australian Cricket Board (ACB), would introduce me as "the Cricket industrial chaplain".

  • History miracles  -  Sports ministry  

    History miracles  -  Sports ministry  

    As previously explained I realised the nature of voluntary chaplaincy to a major industry such as Professional Sport required a strong philosophical housing where boundaries were very clearly defined within an InterChurch ministry framework.

  • History miracles  -  Christian athletes

    History miracles  -  Christian athletes

    As a result of an article written by Basil Worner in the November (1984) issue of 'The Sports Coach magazine', the late Tony Dunkerely read of my appointment as the Australian cricket team chaplain. In his capacity as the Australian Joey's Assistant Coach and the Victorian Soccer Under 21 Head Coach, Tony contacted me.

  • A Seriously Surprising Easter

    A Seriously Surprising Easter

    This Easter Bible Society is giving away 85,000 copies of The Seriously Suprising Story, the next booklet in their popular children’s series.