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Mysterious yet knowable

Earlier in the year (semester one) I relished the opportunity to study the Gospels more deeply. Our New Testament class took on a hermeneutic of love and devotion to the pages as we discussed the context and historical background…

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Fleeing to God

What is the one thing in your life at the moment that you know God wants you to do but you are not doing it? Where you are holding back? Resisting? Or even being plain disobedient?

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City of onions – postcard from Jerusalem

Israel doesn’t often top Australian tourist destination lists. Its history is plagued with conflict and controversy; its territories disputed for millennia. But if you can get past the perilous media and rumours of war, it is a place that will both surprise and reward the intrepid soul. What I discovered in its ancient and holy capital was nothing short of remarkable.

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The Psalms are necessary

Viewing the Psalms as “tools for prayer” is a very helpful way to understand their role and to remember that we need to use them. How much can we do in our natural lives without tools? How do you grow or cook food without tools? How do you construct anything without tools?

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From Brisbane to Israel, where to next?

When people think of Bible college they might automatically assume it’s for those who want to be involved in full-time ministry. While there are many desiring to serve full-time, there are also many of us who are working in the secular context, and studying part-time with a desire to be better equipped.

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What is the Meaning of Life? A Response to Stephen Fry

One might respond by saying that Fry would put no stock in the Bible’s claims. But let’s not be too quick. Fry is actually aware of some of the Bible’s claims elsewhere and even acknowledges that the God of the Bible has “terms”.

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Spiritual maturity

In 2011 the US based Barna Research group conducted a study on how Christians defined spiritual maturity.[1] The study found that “Most Christians…four out of five (81% in fact)…equate spiritual maturity with following the rules” – things like reading the Bible, prayer, going to church, being moral. I can identify with this…

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Treasures in the Bible

The day I became a Christian I remember going home that night and diving in to read all of Genesis and Revelation. I wanted to get the overview of what happened in the beginning and what was to happen in the end. It was the most logical thing to do at the time. I was 15 and it sparked my curiosity to know the Bible more deeply.

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What have I learned from the death of our beloved Sparky?

I was initially reticent to write this blog because it’s about the loss of my dog. And to be honest this is uncomfortably personal. For those who know me I am quite comfortable with sharing on a personal level but I must admit that writing this has not felt comfortable…

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God owes you no favours

When we give up certain things in our lives to serve God, whether it be a promising career, moving away from loved ones and the creature comforts of home, there may be times when we struggle – financially, emotionally and even physically. It might even lead us to ask, “God, I’ve given up so much for you, why can’t it be any easier?”

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