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The fundamentals of One Church

One Church. If One Church is the “what” of Project Plenty’s focus on church’s identity, what is the “why” that undergirds this priority? Perhaps the why of one church is to enhance the relational dynamics and operational efficiencies between all key stakeholders. This could lead to innovative opportunities, financial savings and a clearer sense of identity within the branding of ...

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Wisdom as a whisper

There’s a lot of shouting in the streets; plenty of noise. Noise isn’t the same as wisdom. Wisdom is often a whisper, requiring we listen like Elijah. Loud voices disguise wisdom as popular opinion, culture of the day, approval and/or comfort and convenience. None of that is necessarily Godly wisdom, and it is not, what we call “common sense”. Godly ...

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Wisdom shouts in the streets

I have found that wisdom is generally not easy to come by without hard-earned vulnerability and dogged hope! I say this because I have learnt throughout my life that despite what many of us are taught from an early age, wisdom is not the accumulation of knowledge and title. Rather, wisdom is the result of courage, tenacity, brutal honesty, and ...

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Peacemaking in relationships

With UnitingCare’s DV alert program—a program for frontline workers which focuses on how to recognise and respond appropriately to domestic and family violence—we examine the dynamics of a relationship where abuse is present. In a relationship where there is domestic and family violence, a pattern of repeated behaviours are evident and a power imbalance exists between the two partners. Key ...

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Gospel peace flows

Gospel peace flows from the headwaters or fountain of God’s life, finally and fully revealed in Jesus. I know a couple of songs about the flow of God’s peace: “Peace Is Flowing Like A River” … flowing out through you and me … and “It Is Well With My Soul” … when peace like a river attendeth my way. God’s ...

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Offer a form of peace defined by the Gospel

We live in world where the quest for peace and togetherness is ubiquitous, and where the paths put forward to achieve it are seemingly infinite. Every world religion, every political ideology, and sometimes it seems like every individual person, has their own idea of peace and their own particular plan for how it can be best brought about. Yet, when ...

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Peacemaking or Peacekeeping

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines a peacemaker as “one who makes peace especially by reconciling parties at variance”. Personally, I have rarely seen proper peacemaking. Most of what I have experienced could be classified as peacekeeping, which is “the preserving of peace especially international enforcement and supervision of a truce between hostile states or communities”. This means that a show of ...

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What it really means to be at peace

Peacemaking … Peace … Shalom … Breathe in … Breath out … Be still and know that I am God. I’m sitting quietly in my sister’s beautiful garden listening to the sound of the birds melting into my daily devotion being read to me from the app on my iPhone.  Life is good—nature, beauty, family, prayer—I am at peace. Well, ...

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Dreaming the future of the church

We all dream, what we subject our brains to will determine the dreams we have. If we overstimulate the reptilian parts of the brain through media saturation, we will develop a lot of anxiety, suspicion, cynicism and confusion. In other words, bad dreams. In a recent conversation with a young man he shared with me why he is so anxious ...

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