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The perfect family

When my wife and I started having kids I thought, ‘Right, I’ll only let them see the good side of me.’ Well, it hasn’t worked. I just can’t keep it up. They’re around me too much. Maybe if they only saw me once a week I could pull it off. But every day? Too hard.

Church though, well that’s a different story. Those people do only see me once a week, so keeping up the façade of being ‘a good Christian’ is a little easier.

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Baptism: still stuck in the dirty water?

When I was a kid, my Dad was a doctor. So he would often go visiting people in hospitals and, if we were in the car, he’d take us with him.

I remember walking through hospital wards at all sorts of hours, and there were big scary signs up – ‘Strictly no visitors allowed’. “Dad, we can’t go in there!” And Dad would say, “Bah, nonsense, I’m a doctor, don’t take any notice of that”. Scurrying along these forbidden corridors, I would feel so proud of my Dad’s rebelliousness! But every time I saw a big nurse coming down the corridor, I’d make sure I was right by his side.

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Opportunity knocks on 21/06/13

This week’s top ten ministry work opportunities include being a graphic designer in Nepal, a pastor at a Chinese church in Sydney, a finance officer in Switzerland and a church-planter in Portugal…

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All you need is love?

A popular phrase that is currently high on my ‘makes me want to punch a wall’ list is: “I don’t have to like them, I just have to love them.” This is the attitude of many people when it comes to their fellow Christians.

But I would love nothing more than to ban that phrase, and here’s why…

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More blind faith please

Christians are often at pains to point out that, contrary to popular perception, Christian faith is not blind but rather rests on a solid foundation of evidence and reason.

Yet there is a place for blind faith in some measure, for didn’t Jesus say to Thomas “Blessed are those who do not see and yet believe”?

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New name: Brisbane School of Theology

At a recent event we revealed that, from July 1, the college will be continuing its vital work of equipping students for ministry and mission under the new name ‘Brisbane School of Theology’.

Spontaneous applause greeted the unveiling of the new name: without exception the students, alumni and supporters present at the event were delighted by the change. “Brisbane School of Theology is a perfect fit for us,” one of our young female students said. “It so clearly shows who we are and what we do.”

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