The Donkey

One day a farmer’s donkey fell down into a well. The animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do. Finally, he decided the animal was old, and the well needed to be covered up anyway; it just wasn’t worth it to retrieve the donkey.… Read the rest

A Pattern for Prayer

Prayer is simply conversation with God – sharing our heart with him and listening to his voice. When Jesus taught his disciples to pray, he gave them a pattern for prayer (often called the ‘Lord’s Prayer’), not just words to say in a rote manner.… Read the rest

Watoto Children’s Ministry

Today we visited one of the Watoto children’s villages. The Watoto ministry reaches out to orphans in the needy country Uganda, where there are an estimated 2 million orphans. These orphans have lost their father and/or mother, usually through AIDS. Most of these children have been placed with their extended family, but this is often problematic, as the average family in Uganda already has seven children.… Read the rest

My Dad’s Biography

Dads_autobiographyMy dad, Kevin Conner, is known by many people around the world as a theologian, Bible teacher and best-selling author of many Biblical textbooks. Although thousands of people have been impacted by his ministry and his writings, only a few have heard his personal story.… Read the rest

Disclaimer

This blog contains the personal opinions and views of Mark Conner. As such, he is not speaking on behalf of or representing anyone else.

Where known, sources of material are noted. Please comment if you are aware of a source that is not noted.… Read the rest

Church Governance

In many ways, churches tend to rise and fall based on the quality of their leaders. Strong godly leadership is important, as is good governance, clear decision-making processes, and appropriate accountability.

When it comes to the subjects of leadership and governance, the New Testament presents a fairly fluid and emerging model for local churches.… Read the rest

… And You Thought You Had a Bad Day

This is a copy of a letter that was written to insurance company who wanted complete explanation by an injured man to explain the many injuries (he had a fractured skull, severe lacerations on his hands, legs had been broken) and all he had written for an explanation as to how he had had the accident was "I lost my presence of mind".… Read the rest

Quest for God

QfgA few years ago, I heard someone say, “We don’t hear a lot of preaching about God nowadays”. The comment grabbed my attention (especially as a preacher!) and as I spent some time thinking about it, I had to agree. We have a lot of sermons on things such as relationships, faith, freedom, prayer, evangelism, etc, etc, which are all good – but not a lot of preaching about God.… Read the rest

How to Say ‘No’ Without Feeling Guilty

Many years ago I read a little booklet called How to Say ‘No’ Without Feeling Guilty. At the time I was a real people-pleaser who tended to say ‘Yes’ to everything, even to my own detriment (and my family’s!). I learned that ‘No’ is actually a very positive word.… Read the rest

Dinner with a Skeptic

Last week at the 500+ Pastors Conference in New Zealand (see separate post for further details), there was an evening debate on the topic: ‘Is God a Delusion?’ Pastor Allan Meyer from Careforce Church presented the Christian viewpoint, looking at some of the most common evidences for the existence of God.… Read the rest

10 Reasons Why I Blog

Here are 10 reasons why I started a Blog:

  1. It’s a chance for me to share a variety of things that I think and feel that I don’t always have a forum for or time to speak about. A blog is essentially a unique communication tool.
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Which Bible Translation?

Bibles The majority of the books of the Bible were written in Hebrew (the Old Testament) and Greek (the New Testament). Eventually the Bible was translated into other languages such as Latin and German, and then English. In 1611, the King James version (KJV) of the Bible was released and it remained the most popular English translation for over 300 years.… Read the rest