All about the truth. Theology, ministry and interactions of Christian thought in contemporary society.

Putting theology into practice

One of the more frustrating things about living on this side of the second coming is the disconnect between the way I know I should be living and the way that I actually live. In the end, I think the cause of it all is simply unbelief---a lack of tru...

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The chief end of man

Just a thought.

The first question of the Westminster Shorter Catechism is so simple, yet so elegant and profound.

Question. What is the chief end of man?

Answer. Man's chief end is to glorify God and enjoy him forever.

Think about it, in relation ...

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Book Review: Engaging with God

Engaging with God: A Biblical Theology of Worship

Title Engaging with God: A Biblical Theology of Worship
Author David Peterson
Pages 317
Publisher InterVarsity Press
Year 1992 (the 2002 print was reviewed)
ISBN 0 8308 2697 1
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Worship ... is essentially a...

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Book Review: Going the Distance

Going the Distance: How to Stay Fit for a Lifetime of Ministry

Title Going the Distance: How to Stay Fit for a Lifetime of Ministry
Author Peter Brain
Pages 260
Publisher Matthias Media
Year 2004
ISBN 1 876326 73 5
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God gave me the gospel and a horse...

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Wanted: English Minister (preferably more than one)

If you have been reading The Briefing lately, you would have noticed that in addition to my church's current vacancy, there are at least two other churches who are seeking ministers for their English congregations. Recently I have been using the 10 a...

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Reminder: Christianity takes its name from Jesus Christ

Just in case you were not aware, the Judicial Commission of NSW recently released a new guide book for judges, as reported by the Sydney Morning Herald. The book acts as a guide for judges in their dealings with various types of people who may presen...

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Keeping one's word

Given the developments in Australian politics over the past week, it's rather serendipitous to read the following during my quiet time:

God is not man, that he should lie,
or a son of man, that he should change his mind.
Has he said, and will he not...

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RICE on Wikipedia

This is fascinating, especially because the last half a dozen authors live nowhere near Sydney.

Someone closer to home and more familiar with the details may wish to expand the article.

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More on ministry: Motivations—where it really matters

This is the third of about three articles in the More on ministry series.

Ministry is very different from other forms of human activity. This is because the final measure of success is ultimately not based on what has been achieved or what has been d...

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More on ministry: Sustainability in Ministry

This is the second of about three articles in the More on ministry series.

During his ministry, the apostle Paul is particularly focussed on finishing, and finishing well. For example, to the Ephesian elders he said:

But I do not account my life of ...

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