Category: Personal

28
May
faith that is toxic

Toxic Faith

It seems hard to believe that people who have answered Jesus’ call to a life of freedom could so easily lose the sense of joy and relief they first felt. It’s difficult to understand why Christians who have been made free and ‘alive in Christ’ would choose to return to a kind of spirituality that […]

05
Mar
Why is church-going still relevant today?

Is Church-Going Still Relevant?

Despite Christianity still being Australia’s largest religion (61.1% compared with 7.3% of all other religions combined), the proportion of Australians identifying as Christian has been steadily declining over the past century. Compared to 1911, when 96% of people identified as Christian, the 2001 census recorded the figure of 68% and the latest Census, taken in […]

15
Oct
God's Word is God's Voice

The Word Of God

When someone refers to ‘the word of God’, an image of a Bible appears in my mind. However, in the last week, I’ve come to realise it’s so much more. The Bible itself is just a ‘thing’. Something that can be held, tossed around, ruined by water, burnt by fire. There is nothing powerful about […]

18
Sep
Post truth age and the war on gender

The War On Gender

There’s a troubling trend arising in our postmodern age, an era that has also given rise to ‘post-truth’. New information platforms, social upheaval and the overabundance of global communication networks are giving this idea traction and we’re seeing it take root and grow, with potentially devastating consequences. This is the generation that has unequivocally waged […]

13
Aug
Book Review: The Turquoise Table - Kristin Schell

The Turquoise Table: Book Review

‘The Turquoise Table‘ by Kristin Schell was gifted to me by a dear friend. It spoke so strongly to my heart, because as a person who likes everything to be perfect before opening my home, this book taught me a powerful lesson and gave me practical guidelines. We are instructed in Romans 12:13 to, “Take […]

30
Jul
God's Saving Grace

The White Flag Of Grace

The subject of God’s grace permeates every aspect of the Gospel, giving it weight and power. The saving acts of God, due to the work of Jesus on the cross and Jesus’ resurrection from the dead bring reconciliation (“atonement”) between people and God. This is why the Gospel is described as a message of hope for […]

09
Jul
Riverdove Community: What is religion?

True Religion

Religion is defined as “a cultural system of designated behaviours and practices, world views, texts, sanctified places, prophecies, ethics, or organisations, that relates humanity to supernatural, transcendental, or spiritual elements.“ Yet, there is no actual consensus among scholars as to what precisely constitutes a religion. Nearly 85% of the world’s population identifies as being religious, claiming […]

02
Jul
Resilience is mental fortitude and it lives in the small moments and in the large ones

Building Resilience

Resilience can sometimes be mistaken for indifference, unaccountability or emotional disconnection but in reality, resilience is the complete opposite of these things. It is the ability to truly face reality, to be responsible for our actions and to be emotionally vulnerable, if necessary. It is the inner strength that enables us to bounce back after […]

20
Jun
Discipleship: Developing Your Authentic Self

Discipleship: Developing Your Authentic Self

When considering the ideas and thoughts surrounding Church Burnout, it became apparent that there is another serious issue facing many Christians today – in both their personal and church lives. The issue is a lack of spiritual and emotional maturity, leading to the cultivation of a ‘false self’ and a layering over our true self. […]