A Meditation on the doctrine of the Trinity

We believe that God is the ground of all being, That he entered into his creation through the incarnationAnd that he indwells us as a constant reality. These three facets of God’s interaction with creation remain the consistent ground of Christian faith and understanding of God. They are the reality through which we experience the…

A Prayer from Psalm 74

OI God! why do you neglect us forever? Why are we, your sheep, under your condemnation? I appeal to the fact that you have purchased us.I appeal to your redemption of us. but still our best is as menstrual ragsstill our efforts to be your people manifest in the ruins of our existential plight We…

Phil 1:7-8, A translation and exegetical critique of the Passion Translation

The Passion Translation (hereafter as tPT) published the first edition of its New Testament in 2017, the 2nd Edition following in 2018. This translation is done by one man, Brian Simmons and supposedly uses the Syriac translation of the NT based on an argument for Syriac/Aramaic primacy despite the relative lateness of our extant manuscripts…

First thoughts on “No Conviction” from The Orthodox Heretic

In this story Rollins challenges us that the internal life of the soul isn’t actually the state-challenging faith that Jesus championed. I think one of the things that I’m trying to do, or would critique about Rollins here is that, yes I would like to be challenging the structures that are against the Kingdom, but…

Mosaic 6pm as Baptist and Missional in Identity

Identity is the buzzword of the early 21 st Century, and often as Christians we have a lack of identity. This lack of identity is most pronounced in our communal coming together, bombarded by Western individualism there is a lack of communal story. For the 6pm congregation of Mosaic Baptist Church this is no different,…

Let Justice Roll On…

Over the past week or so a controversy has flared up in the US over how identity politics should be interacted with within the Church and how it relates to the Gospel. After reading the prominent statements from both sides my fear is that this controversy has more heat to it than actual fire, and…

Two Tentative Steps: Aboriginal Answers on Identity and Creation Care for Progress toward a truly Australian Church and Culture

The problems of Australian society and identity while not unique continue to hamper the Australian Church’s ability to have global-local conversations, and indeed conversations between the diaspora, Western and indigenous sectors of the Australian Church. The main problems facing the Church are those of identity, both on a corporate level and an individual level, and…

On Leadership

One of the things I have been thinking about is leadership in the style of Christ. As I read through Treading Lightly I saw a similarity between Australian Aboriginal styles of leadership with what I believe that the New Testament holds up as the ideal. In the West we have largely found ourselves gravitating towards a…

Ruins

Another year goes by Another turning of the circle I find myself questioning I find myself wondering Where does true faith lie Amongst the scattered ruins of Christendom How long must we dredge through these desolate places Wandering hither and thither Till we come again Face to face with the incarnate Messiah That babe in…

On the Nazism within

“If only it were all so simple! If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds, and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy…