Category: Relationships

December 20, 2022
A Gentle Christmas and a Realistic New Year

Sam Wan looks at the human need for memory -- how it is particularly poignant at Christmas. He reminds us to reach out to others at Christmas, particularly with the assurance that we are never forgotten by God. "We have all had some experience of isolation over the last few years. But for many of […]

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December 3, 2022
On the Giving of Gifts

Jocelyn Loane shares her thoughts about gift giving at Christmas, which are likely to strike a cord with many of us. However her reflections help us consider further this centuries old tradition, and rather than feeling stressed by the expectations of others and the lure of consumerism, we are given a very positive outlook as […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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: […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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May 31, 2022
5 Myths about Your Personal Identity

Written by the author of "How to find yourself : why looking inward is not the answer", Brian S. Rosner, this article notes the issues that can arise with such a perspective. Seeking our personal identity by merely looking inside ourselves does not allow us to live life to its fullest, or as it was […]

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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 […]

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