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November 23, 2022
Churches Urged to Fill the Mental health Gap

Anne Lim reports on the presentation of senior clinical psychologist Gavin Brown, at a recent online mental health summit. "Brown was one of a panel of church leaders, mental health practitioners, lived-experience advisers, and theologians who led over 100 participants from across the country in a conversation about how churches can respond to Australia’s mental […]

November 23, 2022
How Do I Pray the Bible?

In this podcast and short audio transcript, John Piper explains the importance and value of praying from Scripture. He gives a clear explanation of ways to do this using biblical examples. This provides a helpful guide to the practice of praying the Bible. "If we don’t form the habit of praying the Scriptures, our prayers […]

November 21, 2022
Making the Christian Life More Complicated than it Needs to Be

This short article provides a wise reflection for living each day as a Christian. Tim Challies reminds us that in every situation, whether good or bad, God has purpose for us all. "There is no circumstance in which God has nothing for us to do, no situation in which we cannot be faithful to his […]

November 14, 2022
'Grief can have a chastening effect': in Faith, Hope and Carnage: Nick Cave plumbs religion, creativity and human frailty

Faith, Hope and Carnage – Nick Cave and Seán O’Hagan. Text Publishing, 2022 Deakin University's Personal Chair, Literary Studies, Lyn McCredden, reviews this recent acclaimed publication , stating... "Whether you adore or despise Nick Cave, this book offers you a great deal. Far more than the stereotypes of the gothic expatriate, or the drug-loving, post-punk, underground […]

November 4, 2022
Spending Christmas Alone

Justine Toh considers those who are opting to keep to themselves at Christmas, away from the familiar traditions of time with family and friends. She concludes that there are blessings that connecting with others will always bring. "It’s easy to see the appeal of Christmas alone or with a select group of people with whom […]

November 1, 2022
Preparing Our Hearts for Christmas

As the season of Advent draws near, Adam Ramsey invites us to slow down amid the consumer frenzy and anticipate the true wonder of Christmas. "As we remember God’s promises fulfilled at Christmas, we are reminded of just how intensely the incarnation of Christ shook the world! The meaning of Christmas goes miles deeper than […]

October 28, 2022
3 Tips for Sharing Jesus with Others this Christmas

With Christmas only a few weeks away, it is indeed timely that we remind ourselves of the great opportunity this season brings to invite people to our church services and pray that our conversations might witness to the Lord Jesus. Adam Ramsey suggests that we can turn even Santa into a discussion about the gospel. […]

October 25, 2022
Do Unto Authors

Four Principles for Reading Well In his helpful article, Joe Rigney, pastor, academic scholar and author, uses a familiar biblical reference to illustrate how we can thoughtfully consider the meaning and significance of written texts. "To do this, we must distinguish between what the author meant by his words and the effects of his words on […]

October 19, 2022
HOW DO YOU KNOW IF YOU LOVE JESUS?

"Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me." John 14: 24 The Christian life is a path of discipleship, founded in our response of love to Jesus' love for us. The Bible clearly states that we should not be lukewarm in our faith […]

October 13, 2022
3 Ways to Stay Focused While Praying

The author of this short article encourages a richer personal prayer time with 3 simple suggestions from D. A. Carson's book, "Praying with Paul : a call to spiritual formation". "Scripture moves me to pray every time I read the words of James, where he reminds us that Elijah had the exact nature as you […]

October 13, 2022
Sermon by the Archbishop of Canterbury at the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II

This video highlights the steadfast faith of the long-serving monarch and the certainty she had of life after death, granted to believers in the risen Lord Jesus. In her 2014 Christmas message she said, "For me, the life of Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace, whose birth we celebrate today, is an inspiration and an […]

October 13, 2022
The First Lesson of Prayer

All Christians at times find it hard to pray. This can be experienced as an awkwardness as we start out on our journey of faith. For the more mature believer, there can be seasons where one feels more distant from God, as well as the occasions when we wonder about our prayers being answered. In […]

September 29, 2022
THE PROBLEM OF DESIRE

In this podcast, Natasha Moore from the Centre for Public Christianity interviews Professor Sarah Coakley, Anglican minister, theologian and writer. In their discussion about her book, "The New Asceticism: Sexuality, Gender, and the Quest for God " (Bloomsbury Publishing, 2015), Professor Coakley explains, "I see desire as a central human phenomenon … We see desire […]

September 26, 2022
Loneliness and the cost of true community

Simon Smart reflects on the ever growing issue of loneliness. A recent Telstra and YouGov report reveals that 40% of Australians experience isolation. The pandemic certainly brought this to our attention, although it is not a new phenomenon, despite our increasing technological connectivity. It is a concern that loneliness can reduce a person's lifespan by […]

September 24, 2022
The Unbiblical Pursuit of a Trouble-Free Life

In this thought-provoking article, John Piper reminds us that the Christian path is not necessarily an easy one. Whilst we might try to avoid stress and seek comfort and peace, Piper highlights biblical passages that tell us that stress and danger are normal -- "“through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God” (Acts […]

September 23, 2022
One Last Magnificent Porous Day

A reflection on the funeral of Queen Elizabeth ll, noting her example of faith and trust in the almighty God, whose presence reaches down from his heavenly kingdom into his earthly one. "And for one brief day the nation, indeed billions around the world, watched as a Queen, whose every fibre acknowledged that transcendence, was […]

August 25, 2022
Four Reasons We Don't Share the Gospel

Steven Lee suggests four obstacles to sharing our faith: namely lack of gospel knowledge, apathy, fear and lack of compassion. Thankfully he reminds us that by working together, we can over come such obstacles. The steps recommended include praying together, recalling and applying the Gospel together, ultimately proving the power of the Gospel together. "We […]

August 24, 2022
Paul Bloom says happiness and suffering are closely connected. If you don't believe it, ask a rock climber

Did you know there are two types of happiness? There is instantaneous, in the moment pleasure, and there is also a more meaningful happiness that contributes to fulfilment in life. We look for ways to relieve the tension this causes in many ways. Paul Bloom explains how and why. "Psychologist Paul Bloom can't be the […]

August 22, 2022
The Cry of Suffering

Timothy Keller Sermons: Haman’s Cry of Darkness Suffering is ever present in this world and Christians often question its presence in their own lives. In this podcast Tim Keller explores Psalm 88 and encourages the listener with the teaching it offers. "This message is from the Psalms, which is the prayer book of the Bible. […]

August 8, 2022
Questioning Christianity

Do you, or people you know, have questions about Christianity? Do you find it hard to ask questions? You are not alone. This seven part podcast series is designed to help. The episodes discuss" Faith and Proof", "Meaning", "Satisfaction", "Identity", "Morality", "Justice" and "Hopefulness". "Questioning Christianity with Tim Keller — for people who are interested […]

August 4, 2022
Pandemic Fatigue

In this lively 30 minute podcast from the Centre for Public Christianity, the presenters discuss with psychologist Dr Valerie Ling ways in which we can look after ourselves and others, when feeling jaded and low in spirit. "Feeling a bit blah mid-way through 2022… still?  In 2021, organisational psychologist Adam Grant named that pandemic feeling. […]

August 1, 2022
Prayers for Workers: When You’re Feeling Burned Out

We have probably all experienced burnout or know of others who have struggled with such feelings, particularly in the last couple of years and the COVID pandemic. Mark Roberts looks to Psalm 18 to help form prayers for ourselves and others in this situation. "We all face times in our lives, including our work lives, […]

July 26, 2022
When did not coping become the new normal?

Life can be very topsy-turvy, if not completely overwhelming at times. Yet, despite feeling off balance, as Natasha Moore finds, there can be useful experiences to evaluate, such as recognising that we are all fragile and dependant on others. She shares her perspective here. "Do most of us, post-lockdown, mid-2022, feel a bit like a […]

July 25, 2022
Leading Better with Bigger Questions

As a researcher, Meryl Herr is used to asking questions. However in her everyday conversations, questions do not always flow so easily. In this article she suggests how we might initiate really useful life questions with others. "I wonder if we’re all cheating each other by not asking big-enough questions—or at least the questions that […]

July 25, 2022
Caring for the Sorrowful

Glenn Hohnberg looks to the Book of Proverbs to help us navigate the path of grief with those who are experiencing loss. "'Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down,but a good word makes him glad.' (Proverbs 12:25) Those going through grief and loss—for whatever reason—feel anxious. The world feels less stable, less safe. Anxiety […]

July 25, 2022
The census shows Australians are becoming less religious but why have we chosen to live without God?

The ABC's international affairs analyst, Stan Grant, reflects on the declining numbers of those identifying as Christian in Australia. "While historically the West was founded on Christianity, the modern West was shaped by the break with God. People were sovereign. Liberalism prized the individual above all." https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-07-03/census-religion-christianity-no-religion-god/101201640 Image: rsz_1pexels-rodnae-productions-8675096.jpg

July 13, 2022
So connected, yet why so lonely?

This short video notes how despite today's technology permits greater interaction between people, studies reveal that the numbers of us experiencing anxiety and isolation are rising. A call to look at the Christian message of relationship, as God the Creator intends, reveals how a sense of identity and human flourishing can be restored. https://www.thinkingfaith.asia/big-questions/loneliness-and-anxiety Image: […]

July 6, 2022
7 Tips for Becoming a Better Encourager

We all know how it feels to be discouraged, and yet we often feel ill-equipped to support others through such experiences. Lindsey Carlson reminds us that the letters of St Paul, the Apostle, can guide us in such ministry. "Discouragement is a key strategy utilized by the enemy to distract, dishearten, and defeat followers of […]

July 4, 2022
The Day of Small Things

How do we manage the emotional impact of tragic news reports from around the world? How can we help or make a difference? Meredith Van Der Klip offers some useful practical advice to help navigate troubled times. "God says in Zechariah 4:10, “Do not despise the day of small things.” In the face of large-scale tragedy, […]

July 4, 2022
Women Can Have It All, Just Not at the Same Time

In the last sixty years or so, the lives of women have embraced many changes. They have gained freedom to make decisions about relationships, family, careers. Considering possibilities and making choices can be overwhelming, particularly if considered in the frame of a current worldview. Kara Martin reminds us that God values all spheres of work, […]

June 21, 2022
Carrying On: Examples from the Work of Meg Jay

In this final article of her series looking at how those in their twenties view their lives, Jacqueline Isaacs cites the work of clinical psychologist Meg Jay. Jay sees many clients who wonder what they have to show for their twenties. However good support and an understanding of the shift of pace in life at […]

June 20, 2022
The Slow Down: The Second Stage of a Quarter-Life Crisis

Jacqueline Isaacs continues her series for those in their twenties, who may be experiencing burnout and wondering what happens next. "The idea of climbing a staircase is tiring. We can all relate to how exhausted you feel after climbing a flight of stairs and realizing there is another, and then another. What triggers the quarter-life […]

June 20, 2022
When You Don't Even Realize How Discouraged You Are

Written for Christians, this article assists in recognising ways in which discouragement may present in the everyday, not only in failed outcomes, but also in our behaviour. Helpfully, we are reminded where strength and encouragement are to be found. "The truth is, most of us don’t like the look of discouragement. It feels embarrassing. Why? […]

June 17, 2022
The First Stage of a Quarter-life Crisis

Part of a series of articles for those predominantly in their twenties, this piece describes an aspiring lawyer's experience of burnout. "...I had no idea how to slow down. Busyness functions like an addiction. When you stop, you have to face your thoughts, which terrifies most of us. So to cope you have to keep […]

May 16, 2022
Should I Take a New Job If It Requires Moving?

Charlie Self offers prayerful ways in which the Holy Spirit can help Christians discern where God is leading them. "I may have an opportunity to take a new job and a significant promotion. But it would mean that we (wife, 4 year old, 2 year old, and me) would have to move about 1,000 miles […]

May 4, 2022
A Holistic Understanding of Creative Goodness in the Workplace

This is a podcast discussion excerpt between Missy Wallace and Brandon J. O'Brien from Redeemer City to City. Christians are encouraged to consider what is meant by the public sphere, and how churches might equip their members to demonstrate Christ in many different realms of work and influence. "The Global Faith & Work Initiative is […]

April 22, 2022
Happiness is becoming more unaffordable, researchers say. But there are still some things money can't buy

How do you score on happiness and satisfaction charts? Melbourne Institute's long-running Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) survey collects data on relationships, work, income, health and education. With results that show declining happiness among Australians, this article notes factors that can contribute to our sense of well-being. "Lisa Williams, a social psychologist […]

March 22, 2022
A Holistic Understanding of Creative Goodness in the Workplace

In this podcast excerpt the contributors discuss an understanding of the term "the public sphere" and consider how missional Christian living can be reflected in that space. ".....everything for leaders needs to be carried out through the lens that people care deeply about their work. So if you're a pastor, if you're a church, if […]

February 8, 2021
Review: How to Talk About Jesus (Without Being That Guy) - Sam Chan

Review by Nathan Campbell Does the idea of telling people about your faith in Jesus make you want to cringe in fear of sounding like a fool? Nathan Campbell is convinced this is the book for you! See his review for yourself and you might have found the antidote to your fear. "The goal is […]