Christianity, Christmas and Consumerism

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As we head towards the crazy Christmas season, it's a good thing to pause and think about consumerism and the follower of Christ.

At CityLife, we have a social justice LifeGroup and they have put together a paper designed to be a thought provoking series of questions and comments exploring some key issues which confront us in our Western, first world culture.… Read the rest

Proverbs 24

Proverbs-Series

As we dig into today's Proverb, let's reflect on the wisdom coming to us from Proverbs 24 in the Message Bible.

Vs.3-4. A house is built by wisdom and becomes strong through good sense. Through knowledge its rooms are filled with all sorts of precious riches and valuables.Read the rest

Love Your Pastor

I-love-my-churchA good friend of mine sent me this earlier in the week. I thought it was quite funny but had some good points. Let's always seek to love and encourage those who lead us, in whatever capacity. 

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Leading in Changing Times

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Back in 1964 Bob Dylan sang, "The times they are a changing." How true and the changes haven't let up. One business writer put it this way:

Winds of change are barrelling in from all directions. Competition is tougher than ever and coming from places you least expected.Read the rest

Proverbs 10

Proverbs-Series

It's time for some reflections from our weekly Proverb and today is the 10th of the month so it's Proverbs 10 (Message Bible). 

Vs.4-5. Sloth makes you poor; diligence brings wealth. Make hay while the sun shines – that's smart; go fishing during harvest – that's stupid.Read the rest

An Open Letter to Prime Minister Tony Abbot re Treatment of Asylum Seekers

Flag razor wireThe inhumane treatment of asylum seekers here in Australia is extremely concerning. Thankfully, more and more people are speaking up about it. All year, Christian leaders have been peacefully protesting and writing letters.
 
I encourage you to do the same. 
 
Here is a copy of an open letter to Prime Minister Tony Abbott I recently sent:
 
Dear Prime Minister,
 

Subject: Treatment of Asylum Seekers and Children in Detention

I am the Senior Minister of CityLife Church, Melbourne.

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The Exchange TV

Rob-christie-buckingham-exchange1Good friends of ours, Rob and Christie Buckingham (pastors of Bayside Church here in Melbourne), host The Exchange, an interactive TV program that engages with a variety of current issues, including parenting, technology, dealing with loss, the sexualisation of children, and domestic violence. 

The Exchange is like meeting with your friends in a coffee shop and discussing everyday stuff that affects us.… Read the rest

Proverbs 3

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Here is some more amazing wisdom from the Book of Proverbs from the Message Bible:

Vs.5-6. Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don't try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God 's voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he's the one who will keep you on track.Read the rest