Conversations about gender, both inside and outside the church, can frequently degenerate into stale and rancorous disputes in which predictable arguments are traded back and forth, or fade awkwardly away into the tense silences of mutual misunderstanding. But the issue is an important one, and calls for a better conversation than either of those alternatives. In September 2015, Morling Colleg... read more
“I began to notice how everything out there, in the wild, seemed to move. Oceans. Sharks. Wolves. Elephants. Rivers. Nothing stayed in the same place. I wanted to be like them too, and the only way to do this was to keep moving.” When Kate Mathieson finds herself with nothing to show except a well-adorned house and too many business suits, she makes the sudden decision to leave everything behi... read more
Am I important ?How do I know who I am?Does my view of myself impact my spiritual health?Does it affect my relationship with my Creator?Does it determine how others relate to me? Will it determine how I live?
This first volume of the New Wineskins series introduces the very best of current research and reflection on congregational transformation among Australian Baptists. This volume's authors share the conviction that Baptist congregations must find new ways of engaging with the increasingly secular context of Australia. Collectively, they take the view that this requires congregations to remain s... read more
This is the seventh unit of The Lens course. If you want to understand the boundless love of God for his people, the book of Hosea is a good place to start. This unit gives an overview of Hosea the person and his time, and then looks in depth at each chapter to reveal the full message of the book. Although speaking about God's relationship with his people in ancient Israel, this message of God... read more
The personal encounters between Jesus and various individuals as recorded in John's Gospel have long fascinated and inspired readers. The Evangelist tells how Jesus met with different types of people including his mother, a religious leader, a marginalised and unhappy woman, a condemned woman, a blind man, a grieving family and even a Roman governor. In each case he gently but powerfully chall... read more
On what seems like an ordinary morning, Benjamin spies a movement on the train platform. What unfolds is an unforgettable encounter with Sir Arnold, the lizard, which is destined to change his life forever. Be transported into the magical and mysterious land known as Rogerdan and meet many strange and colourful characters. The Kingdom of Rogerdan was once a bright and happy place; however in t... read more
Born to nomadic parents and humble beginnings, Luke Richmond grew up running wild and free in the Australian outback. After finishing school, he joined the Australian Army and served his country overseas as a qualified infantry soldier – an experience that sparked in him an unrelenting desire for adventure. But when he leaves the army Luke finds himself broke and adrift in London, caught up in... read more
‘A heartwarming story of friendship, courage and the things that unite us all.’ Fiona Higgins At the age of ninety-two, Marie runs a much-loved café from the house her single mother Rose built in the 1920s. A warm and welcoming refuge for many, Marie is determined not to let a downward spiral in her health get in the way of her busy life helping others. Dee, the highly respected principal of a... read more
What would the church look like if we modelled the diversity of heaven in our local communities? Mathew Kuruvilla, Senior Pastor of Parkside Baptist Church, shares some of his experiences building a multiethnic church community and challenges the church to become a place of asylum for everyone. Church without Borders theologically engages with the need for multiethnic churches, offering practi... read more
Intergenerational cultural differences present serious challenges for effective teamwork, sustainable leadership, congregational unity and membership retention. Using historical and empirical research, Dr Michael Chu reveals the relatively low levels of cross-cultural competence among the pastors of Chinese churches in Sydney, and identifying the key factors that hinder cultural competency and... read more
The 5th Conference of the Australian Association for Mission Studies, Whitley College, Melbourne, 2-5 July 2017This book is the creatively titled, collective output of the international mission scholars and mission practitioners who gathered at Whitley College, Melbourne, for the 5th Conference of the Australian Association for Mission Studies, July 2017.Together in this volume, theologians an... read more
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