Category: Practical

11
Jun
The Faith | Works Conundrum

The Faith | Works Conundrum

Acceptance By Grace Through Faith Alone The simple truth that we find acceptance with God through faith in His grace alone is the Bible’s most beautiful theme. Grace began long ago when God set in motion the means for humanity to find their way back to Him, to find their way home. He promised Adam […]

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 […]

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 […]

06
Aug
The condition of grace - repentance

Grasping Hold Of Grace: Repentance

Imagine a man lost the middle of the Atlantic ocean. He doesn’t remember how he got there or where he’s going, all he knows is this endless swimming in circles. No ships in sight, he’s been treading water for hours and now he’s beginning to tire. There’s a very real danger that he will actually […]

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 […]

16
Jul
Traditions are a valuable part of human life

Traditions: Good Or Bad?

One of my favourite movies is Ever After with Drew Barrymore and Anjelica Huston. It has all the right ingredients for a great story – humour, romance, drama and a feel-good ending. When I think of this movie, I have a few favourite scenes that top my list, but the one where Danielle’s father leaves […]

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 […]