Tag Archives: gospel

Need a break from church?

Photo by Kinga Cichewicz on Unsplash

I’ve been pondering this thought lately… How is it, that after many years, many a Christian feels exhausted and in need of a break from involvement with church?  I do not mean for bio/psycho health or other unforeseen reasons, but spiritually need a break. Many of us confess that we are “spiritually/emotionally burnt out” and have given up on the ...

Read More »

A Letter to My 21 Year Old Self

letter-new

Dear past me. Firstly, I don’t have the almanac, and I won’t tell you the winning lotto numbers. It might break the space-time continuum. Secondly and more seriously, err… thanks. You had a choice to abandon your faith – but you made a choice to follow Christ wherever that lead. I sit here, writing to you with a loving family around me, ...

Read More »

Harambe and Our Culture of Shame

An endangered Silverback Gorilla was put down to protect the life of a young child

I think a lot of people view the idea of shame in terms of the Disney classic – Mulan. We loved that dragon Mushi, and we’re sure we know how shame works. I do something wrong, and I bring shame upon my whole family. Something right and; “you’ll bring honour to us all”, or so the song goes. We think it’s stuff for simpler, ...

Read More »

The Script

Actors performing at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, London

There’s nothing like the cold cup of reality thrown upon the dreams of youth. I mean, I never said it was nice – but there really is nothing like it. And unless you’re one of the few who dodged the cold, dreamed big and made it – then you’ll be in the same boat as me. The dreamer When I was 19, ...

Read More »

Christmas Diapers: The After Christmas Story

Christmas Diapers the after Christmas story | Gospel Brew

It’s Christmas plus three weeks. The advent calendars are closed. The presents have been opened or regifted. Families have been seen, stomachs filled, the Christmas lights have lit up our kids faces and the carols have been sung. We’ve started thinking about how long we can leave the Christmas tree up for (mine is down already), and wondering just how long the Christmas left overs will ...

Read More »

Fathers, Queens and Cups of Tea

Fathers Queens and Cups of Tea | Gospel Brew

I remember being a very young man, passionate for God. I had a call to ministry on my life, and I served and sacrificed and tried and obeyed. I obeyed God because I wanted to please God, and I thought that if I pleased him, his plan for my life would come to pass. I’ve found this to be quite ...

Read More »

You Deserve It?

Lebron James from the "You Deserve It" advertisement for Beats Headphones

It’s become the selling strategy behind many an advertising campaign (starting to become quite the cliche  throw away marketing spiel). And optimises much of the attitude of western culture. You should buy this product because… You deserve it. You work hard. Your life is hard. You’re a good person. You’re too hard on yourself. You’re amazing. You deserve to treat yourself… For ...

Read More »

Hell; God the Angry Judge?

Deal with it? Is God an angry Judge?

One of the objections I hear about the Christian faith goes something like this; “I don’t understand how could a loving God send people to hell.” At first glance there does seem to be a contradiction here. A Loving God? Judgement and Hell? Surely not. The argument concludes that God is therefore a bully – who destroys those who don’t believe in ...

Read More »

The Death Penalty

The Death Penalty | Gospel brew

Much of Australia is now mourning the deaths of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, the two Australian nationals executed in Indonesia this week. There is much to be said about ethics surrounding the death penalty, but that has already been covered by others. These men and their story have impacted me deeply, and remind me so much of the gospel. Like ...

Read More »

Easter, Cricket and the Gospel

Easter Cricket and the Gospel | Gospel Brew

I’m sitting here watching the Aussies thump New Zealand in the One Day Cricket World Cup Final, and thinking about lucky I am to be an Australian. And in less than a week’s time we celebrate Easter, the most holy day in the Christian calendar, the time when I think how lucky I am to be a Christian. You could say ...

Read More »