2307, 2021

Love in Action

By |July 23rd, 2021|

Love in Action A number of years ago at Kidz Church we led the children through a series called ‘Step Into My Shoes’. Through video clips and discussions, our children in Australia were able to see what life was like for a family living in Uganda. We saw where the family lived, how they collected and prepared food and water, what their church was like, and what they did for fun. This term we will again ask our children to step into the shoes of another, this time a family living in the Philippines. Through the videos and simulation games and activities we hope to spark lots of conversations around questions such as ‘Do you ever worry that your water will make you sick?’ ‘If you had to spend

907, 2021

What the Rising Sun Tells Us About God

By |July 9th, 2021|

What the Rising Sun Tells Us About God Are you a sunrise or sunset kind of person? When was the last time you even took a moment to properly watch a sunrise or sunset? I love sunrises, although not so much in winter! Did you see the beautiful orange and purple sunset earlier this week? It was beautiful. In my current Bible reading plan (‘Reflecting God’s Image: a 10-day devotional with Jen Wilkin’), I was reminded about God’s incredible mercy towards us. Lamentations 3:22-23 says ‘Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.’ Just as each and every day we experience another sunrise and another sunset, so too the mercy of God is

207, 2021

Dealing with Death

By |July 2nd, 2021|

Dealing with Death Death. It is scary. It is confronting. It is difficult to process and difficult to think about. But in Jesus, we can approach death with an unbreakable hope. We don't speak about death often in our culture, but it is always near at hand. News stories are full of death. Funeral homes are in almost every suburb. Death is often an emotional part of a good movie. And sometimes we suddenly find ourselves face-to-face with death in our own personal lives. Ben Shaw was an Australian pastor, speaker, teacher, and author, who battled with cancer for several years. He was living in London until recently, when he and his family returned to Australia after being told by the doctors that his cancer could no longer be

2506, 2021

Discipled by Your Phone?

By |June 25th, 2021|

Discipled by Your Phone? Michanne and I went for a walk together recently and the conversation we had really stuck with me. She shared about a talk she heard that argued persuasively that we are addicted to our phones without knowing it. Companies pour millions of dollars to keep us addicted to our phones and to social media. Essentially, what they’re competing for is our attention. Many people call this the ‘attention economy’. Our attention is a scarce resource that they want to tap into, so they spend a lot of time and money to gain it and persuade us to buy into whatever they’re selling. I know a pastor who often says we are being ‘discipled’ by our phones… which is a bit of a scary picture! Now,

1806, 2021

Let the Little Ones Come to Me

By |June 18th, 2021|

Let the Little Ones Come to Me I once heard a friend say, “Whoever wrote the song Easy Like a Sunday Morning never tried to get their family of small children up and out the door to church on time!” There’s breakfast to organise, showers to have, clothes to iron, odd socks to find, nappy bags to pack… it’s a big task! And there’s nothing easy about it. But, here at BPCC we believe it’s so worth it! Jesus himself said, “Let the little children come to me…” (Matthew 19:14), and we are passionate about seeing every person, whatever age they are, growing in their relationship with Jesus. The church is, after all, a place for all ages. And that’s why on a Sunday we offer age-specific ministries for

1106, 2021

Compassion Update

By |June 11th, 2021|

Compassion is a Child Sponsorship Program that serves children living in poverty. But, it addresses so much more than a child’s physical needs. It also meets the needs of their heart, mind and soul. Because, as Compassion so often says, the hope of Jesus, the care of a local church and the encouragement of a sponsor are more powerful than poverty. For over five years we have been so privileged to partner with Compassion Australia to sponsor hundreds of children in Northern Thailand. We recently received correspondence from two Partnership Facilitators that are written on behalf of the Child Development Centres we partner with. We want to share these with you to show you that your support in their lives has an important impact, especially through these uncertain times.

406, 2021

Three Rules of Engagement at Church

By |June 4th, 2021|

Three Rules of Engagement at Church Rebecca McLaughlin has written one of the best and most helpful books I’ve read in recent years: ‘Confronting Christianity: 12 Hard Questions for the World's Largest Religion’. She expertly and insightfully handles some of the thorniest objections to the Christian faith. I highly recommend it to you. But it’s something else Rebecca has shared that has stuck in my memory. In an article titled ‘Make Sunday Mornings Uncomfortable’, she shared three rules of engagement at church. These are three rules that guide the way she and her husband approach the Sunday gathering. They are deeply thoughtful and immensely practical. I share them with you in the hope that we might all capture the heart of these ‘rules’ and begin to put them into

2805, 2021

Who’s Afraid of the ‘H’ Word?

By |May 28th, 2021|

Who’s Afraid of the ‘H’ Word? What do you think about when you hear the word ‘holiness’? It isn’t a word that we use often, and for some it comes with strong negative connotations. It might bring to mind strict rules, unreachable purity, stern conduct, and bland obedience. But holiness is a common theme in the Bible, and it is never described as a bad thing! In fact, holiness is described as something great, which leads to true happiness. Holiness in the Bible is a key part of a Christian life, and is something to strive for. Holiness describes absolute moral purity—to be holy is to be completely good, to not only do what is right, but to never do wrong. God, of course, is the perfect embodiment of