[By Tara Jane] Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. (1 Pet 4:9) Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality. (Rom 12:13) One of the marks of a Christian is practising hospitality. Whenever it’s mentioned in the New Testament, it is assumed as a staple part of the Christian life. However, lots of people… Continue reading 10 misconceptions about practicing hospitality
[by Tara Jane] How do you imagine being proposed to? A romantic candlelit dinner? At a gorgeous lookout? In the US, a man proposed to his girlfriend by putting the ring inside a box of nuggets. That is truly the nug life. And just to take it one step further, there’s a lady in Sydney… Continue reading When Christ is life
By Tara Jane Often when people speak of discipleship, they are talking about meeting up individually with someone, usually an older Christian, and learning from them. It’s not the only form of discipleship, but it’s a great way to grow in faith and maturity. After reading blogs and books like The Trellis and the Vine,… Continue reading What if you’ve been discipled all along?
This is a post that’s been going around in my head for an age. I kept writing notes in my book and then not using them because I felt whatever angle I went for, someone would get offended. So I’m throwing caution to the wind and hoping that everyone who reads this will understand that… Continue reading Let’s Get Together, Yeah Yeah Yeah
By Tara Jane If you’re someone who considers what a life of ministry could look like, it’s easy to imagine it being pretty glamorous, with growing programs and people coming to know Christ and growing in their faith. But actually, we need to be content with unglamorous service. When Jesus says we need to take… Continue reading When ministry is not glamorous
[By Tara Jane] Since I got ‘The Cross of Christ’ by John Stott for my 21st birthday, every few years I’ve pulled it off the shelf, declaring “This is the year I will actually read this!” which has then been followed by a sorrowful “It’s too hard and the words are too big.” But 2017… Continue reading 11 quotes from ‘The Cross of Christ’ by John Stott (Part 1)
[By Tara Jane] She sat third row from the back. “Stay and have a cup of tea and continue in fellowship”, the service leader encouraged. She looked left hopefully, but the family there were already chatting with people in the next row. She turned right, but the young guy had already scurried off. She looked… Continue reading 4 truths to combat loneliness at church
By Alie Benge Welcome to the first in a new series. Over the course of a few posts we’re interviewing people who’ve done a diploma at Bible College and why they took a year out of their lives to study the bible. First up, it’s me! When and what did you study: I think it was… Continue reading Reflecting On a Year at Bible College
By Alie Benge I went to a talk the other day by the queen of Australia – Melinda Tankard Reist. The topic sounds so grim that I didn’t even want to tell people where I was going, but it was about the sexualisation of children in Western society, and how the normalisation of images of… Continue reading Where Are The Men?
By Alie Benge A guest speaker I’d never met once picked me out of a crowd and told me everything I ever did. From the stage he looked at me and said, ‘You’ve been trying to help people who won’t be helped. This is what you’re doing:’ He said and proceeded to imitate the last four… Continue reading On Burning Out and Getting Used