Category: Belief Matters

Looking at biblical ‘inspiration’

How many times have you heard it said, “The Bible is the inspired Word of God”? Have you ever thought about what this phrase actually means? Paul Achtemeier, in his...

What does it mean to pray?

This piece first appeared in Crosslight. Every morning, about 9am, Rev. Dennis Cousens walks out the front door, dog in tow, headed for the local milk bar. Depending on...

Love, Rinse, Repeat: Theology and Hip Hop

Hip Hop theology allows us to live in ambiguity while still seeking the face of God. I sat down with Daniel White Hodge to talk about his book Homeland Insecurity: A Hip...

Men’s Sheds and the Tools for Better Mental Health

This piece originally appeared on Crosslight. Mental illness has many aliases and anacronyms – depression, bi-polar, schizophrenia, PTSD, OCD, ADHD, anorexia, anxiety,...

Active discipleship and the Uniting Church

In the Congregation where I am serving in ministry, we recently refreshed our membership and reaffirmed our commitment to active discipleship within the Congregation and...

A feminist church

This is an edited version of a sermon preached at Leichhardt Uniting Church on 22 September 2019 Readings: John 7:53-8:11, Luke 24:1-12 We continue our series today on...

When it comes to the Bible, comprehension is important

Learning, speaking and listening to a language that is not your “mother tongue” is not easy.  I experienced this during ten years in Papua New Guinea. With the...

Have Christians fallen prey to consumerism?

A research report by McCrindle and Consumed has revealed churchgoing Christians share much the same attitude of other Australians in believing that the ‘good life’...

Living Church, Growing Church

David Cornford, Head of Mission Strategy at Uniting Mission and Education, begins an occasional series of articles exploring the dangerous idea that we might grow. Can...

United by the love of God

There is an image from the book of Revelation that I have deeply appreciated for a long time: After this I looked, and there was a great multitude that no one could...