As a parent, it feels like I spend a significant part of my time with my kids (particularly when in public) negotiating with them. "If you eat your broccoli, you can have ice cream", "If you get into the car, we can listen to the Frozen soundtrack for the 1000th time". But no matter how … Continue reading The Biggest Barrier to Mission
In this mini-series I'm looking at some of the areas around Post-Christian Culture that Christians need to understand in order to better adapt to the rapidly changing world around us. This time I want to discuss the influence of Secularism. What is secularism? Secularism or secular culture are often terms used with Post-Christian culture but … Continue reading Never Underestimate The Influence Of Secularism
I've been doing a lot of reading, listening and thinking lately about Post-Christian Culture. It's something that some Christian leaders have only switched on to over the past couple of years, but when we look at how this transition has taken place it begs the question, "how did we not see this sooner?" Over the … Continue reading 3 things you need to know about Post-Christian Culture
I once heard a story about a father who saw his little girl down on a beach after a storm throwing beached starfish back into the sea. The father said to the girl "what are you doing? There's so many you'll ever make a difference. There's so many!" The little girl picked up another starfish, … Continue reading Throwing Starfish
Like I imagine is the case for most people I grew up under the assumption that my thoughts and feelings weren't changeable. They'd pop up in my head or my heart and there wasn't a lot I could do to stop them or alter them. As a result I was a victim to my own … Continue reading Take your thoughts captive
As a musician and a worship leader people often ask me where my opinions lie in regards to the theology of a particular song. This usually happens for one of two reasons, either the person is genuinely interested and is seeking to form their own opinion, or they have already formed their own opinion and … Continue reading Reckless Love
Have you ever wondered why churches with dedicated people serving the wider body don't grow? Throughout my life there have been a number of times where I have pondered this conundrum. I've given a lot out on a Sunday (usually leading worship) and tried to do more than my part for the church. Then the … Continue reading The most important day of the week
Like most other people my age (and possibly people in general), I want my life to mean something. When I part from this world I want to be able to look back on my life and say "Yep, I left it better than I found it." I don't think that there is anything wrong with … Continue reading Journey through the desert
In my previous post, I raised the point that the current model most mission agencies use for their work may not be the best way of working in terms of recruiting missionaries from Millennials and Gen Z. I believe the reason for this to be that these generations operate socially in a very different way … Continue reading The New Mission: Part II – What does it look like?
Mission and the advancing of God's Kingdom has been a key part of the churches history right back to when Jesus was walking the Earth. In that sense mission is nothing new, and it's necessity is nothing new either. It still matters. However during that time the way mission has been done has changed from … Continue reading The New Mission
When was the last time you gave something away, truly not expecting anything in return? Can you remember? I ask this question quite purposefully immediately after Christmas because it is called "a time of giving". We live in a consumerist society. A society where we are constantly bombarded with messages of "new", "more" and "better". … Continue reading Give, Give, Give
In John 14:6 Jesus answers his critics, "I am the way, the truth, the life". We believe God's word to be a true and accurate account of His working in the lives of His people. Yet today we live in a society where truth is actually a very fluid concept. One word typically used to … Continue reading Is the “Truth” true anymore?