Belief Enablers. What Turns Australians On to Christianity

In my last post I reported the findings of research into what blocks engagement with Christianity for Australians. The research also provided insight into what fosters engagement. First, while half the population are not open to changing their religious views, half...

Belief Blockers. What turns Australians Off the Church

This week I came across a piece of brilliant market research into Australian attitudes to Christianity and the church conducted in late 2011 by McCrindle research. For those Christians inclined to think of creation and evolution as the key ideological battleground, to...

Which Jesus?

As I survey the Australian church it seems to me there are three portraits of Jesus commonly found. I call them the forgiving Jesus, the empowering Jesus, and the just Jesus. These portraits shape our values, our mission, our ethics, our piety, our worship and our...

What We Need To Learn About Mission Among the Poor

In recent years there has been a growing interest among Christians in serving the poor. Unfortunately our enthusiasm is not always matched by wisdom. Wipf and Stock have published a paper I wrote on what the development sector has to teach us about being...

Review: The Message and the Kingdom

In The Message and the Kingdom. How Jesus and Paul Ignited a Revolution and Transformed the Ancient World, historians Richard Horsley and Neil Silberman “attempt to reconstruct the social history of early Christianity from a wide variety of newly available...

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