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Six days of Easter studies and activities for kids

Rachel Macdonald

March 30, 2015

The advent calendars that children do over Christmas sometimes seem like they’ll never end. It’s too much for many families to realistically do a craft every day. But the Easter period is a lot shorter, often with less travel to distant relatives involved. This means that you may have some extra time at home with your […]

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All gospel, all the time?

Tony Payne

March 25, 2015

In response to my recent post ‘False gospels and me’, Neil Foster asked this: I find a dilemma. As a Christian person whose full-time job is not preaching, I find myself (even outside work hours) often speaking about issues that are not a central part of the gospel. Same-sex marriage and religious freedom, for example. Yet […]

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Complementarians and domestic violence

Tony Payne

March 18, 2015

Some recent articles in the Sydney Morning Herald have prompted a lot of discussion about domestic violence and its relationship to Christian teaching—especially complementarian teaching about submission in marriage (‘Submission is a fraught mixed message for the church’). It has been suggested that complementarians shouldn’t be silent on these matters (silence after all provides no guidance […]

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Those false gospels and me

Tony Payne

March 17, 2015

Mark Thompson’s excellent recent article, ‘What is the gospel?’, got me thinking along a number of different tracks. It stimulated me to ponder the relationship between the lordship of the risen Jesus and his saving work. It reminded me how common it has been in Christian history for people to confuse the gospel with its fruits […]

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How to train Bible study leaders: Ten Ideas for Training

Tony Payne

January 28, 2015

This article continues on from How to train Bible study leaders: Who should we train? In this article, we are focusing on leading a Bible study, but training in the biblical sense always involves the whole of the Christian life. That is, training is a ‘total package’ of mind and action. We can never just […]

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How to train Bible study leaders: Who should we train?

Tony Payne

January 15, 2015

Steve and Jenny were about ready to quit. They had been leading a Bible study group for young adults at their church for four years now and the strain was starting to show. One night, at about 11:15, as the last of the group filed out, Jenny flopped onto the lounge. “I think we might […]

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Matthias Media

Steps to Conviction

Matthias Media

January 13, 2015

  Conviction From my early days as a Christian I heard that “men of conviction are men of action”, which meant that those who believed (and not just knew) God’s Word, would live like it. The modern translation would be “to prove you believe”. This talk of ‘conviction’ was meant to extract the fruit of […]

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How to write good

Tony Payne

January 8, 2015

Let me take a risk and begin this article as follows: Foundational to a right view of the techniques involved in the area of writing is an understanding of some underlying principles. It is the task of the writer, first and foremost, to establish his plans and purposes. This is imperative if he is ever […]

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When big is not beautiful

Matthias Media

January 6, 2015

Evangelism is aimed at reaching the maximum number of people with the gospel in the shortest possible time. We are always conscious that the “harvest is plentiful and the labourers are few”. We know, too, that some forms of evangelism are done in such a way that, although the gospel may well be ‘said’, it […]

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Tara Sing

Talking Small Talk

Tara Sing

December 30, 2014

In my last article on small talk, I established that there is a need for small talk in our churches alongside spiritual conversations. Both need to be used in careful, thoughtful and loving ways in order to build up the body of believers. Small talk is a great way to help people feel familiar, safe […]

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