Have you ever found yourself sharing the good news of Jesus with a friend, when you’ve paused for a moment and thought - this seems completely unrealistic? Sam Chan addresses this exact thing in his new book “Evangelism in a Skeptical World: How to Make the Unbelievable News about Jesus More Believable”. He writes, “We have programmed plausibility structures that lead us to judge whether a story is believable or unbelievable.” (p.41). These ‘plausibility’ structures are formed, according to Chan, through community, experience and facts, evidence and data.Read More
Since the beginning, people have been storytellers. We love hearing a good story, sharing a story, watching a story. While over the decades, the mode of storytelling has changed, the fact that we love storytelling has not. As Christians, the most important story we could ever share is the story of the good news about Jesus. Yet it is the one I find that we get caught up on the most. We worry whether we are saying it right, whether we have all the details right and we worry how the person listening may respond to the story of God. Sometimes, the world even seems hostile to this story. So more often than not, we put this story on the shelf and instead of pulling it out to talk about, we hope that someday someone may see the cover of our lives and ask us to share the story with them.Read More
Arthur Stace wasn’t able to use his youth to serve Christ (he became a Christian at 45), but he certainly used his middle and old age. At a stage in life when many of us may be tempted to take the foot off the peddle in our service of God and others, by God’s strength, he was just getting started.Read More
A life renewed is a beautiful thing. New purpose. New priorities. And just a new peace and contentment. That is what you see in the life of Arthur Stace after he started following Jesus. He had become a ‘trophy of grace’.Read More
‘Eternity! Eternity! I wish I could sound, or shout, that word to everyone on the streets of Sydney. Eternity! Friends, you have got to meet it. Where will you spend Eternity?’ - Evangelist John Ridley, in his sermon on 14 November 1932 at the Burton Street City Tabernacle.Read More
The poverty cycle*. It’s one thing to know the concept. It’s another thing to put human faces and even addresses on it.
This is what I found so striking about the first four chapters of Mr Eternity - The Story of Arthur Stace.Read More
One word. Every day (or thereabouts). For 35 years.
Imagine that. Imagine being so single minded, so captured by that one word and it’s significance that you get up and write it again and again on the pavements of your home town for people to see. Day in day out. That’s what Arthur Stace did from 1932 to 1967. His word was Eternity.Read More
As I flicked through the pages of ‘Tea and Thread’ I was instantly drawn in by the delicious food, intricate handicrafts and the striking images of women and children contained within this visually stunning book. Tea & thread takes you into the lives of middle eastern women. It shows the heartbreaking reality of life in a country ripped apart by war and persecution, the pain of waiting for resettlement in a refugee camp and stories of hardship beyond my imagining. But it is not a sad book. It is also a book full of joy and thankfulness for family, for safety and for the things these women have been able to cling to – treasured family recipes, skills passed down the generations and their faith.Read More
“All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful for me,” but I will not be dominated by anything…”All things are lawful,” but not all things build up. (1 Corinthians 6:12; 10:23) Reinke’s epigraph is no throwaway coin of wisdom, it comes from the Apostle Paul, and it’s the lens through which Christians ought to examine their smartphone use.Read More
Here is a book that you and I need badly. (I struggled to read it at times because it made me hyper aware of how much more quickly I could get through it if I wasn’t constantly touching my phone.) All of us know there are significant changes that have taken place for those of us who have our phones in near constant reach - but it’s hard to untangle the good from the bad and the inherent qualities of the technology and the user.Read More
She writes “when…we look at what she has and think ‘My life would be better if I had what she has’ we are seeking our contentment outside of Christ”. She goes on to encourage us that “finding our meaning in Christ keeps us focused on the work He has for us rather then what He is doing in the lives of others. Instead of comparing our story to someone else’s, we joyfully live out the one God wrote for us”.Read More
‘It turns out we were made for another world, and although we’re not there yet there is so much to be gained in following Jesus right now. No-one can love you more or offer you more satisfaction, meaning and purpose, both now and eternally. Please, give up living for yourself and turn to Jesus. We really were made for more.’Read More