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Forgive us our sins

Sin, Jesus, Easter and Atonement

In the 21st century what should Christians make of the concept of “sin”? A long-gone relic or a necessary corrective in a society seduced by moral relativism and the cult of victimhood? Simon Gomersall explores sin, Easter and atonement. It is now conventional to assert that the language and concept of sin is irrelevant in both 21st century Australian society ...

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Six ways to get involved in festivals and other local events

How can your church get involved with a big music festival?

Triple J’s annual all-ages, drug-and-alcohol-free concert One Night Stand will be heading to Mount Isa in Northwest Queensland on 22 April. Each year the free event is hosted by a different regional town, bringing around 10 000 (mostly) young people to town and injecting a lot of money into the local community. But how can churches get involved? Here are ...

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7 tips for planting a new congregation

Church planting

Ready to take the plunge and start a new congregation at your church? Journey asked Duncan Barlow for some tips on building a healthy church community. Ask questions Seek the wisdom of those who have been serving the congregation long before you came along. Knowing what has and hasn’t worked in the past can save you a lot of heartache. ...

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What if every church … took the web seriously?

What if every church…took the web seriously? Photo: Supplied

The internet may be a ubiquitous part of our daily life but how well have we positioned our church websites and social media pages to respond to the needs and demands of today’s online audiences? Scott Guyatt writes. It’s not rocket surgery to say that the internet is all pervasive in 2017. It’s everywhere, all the time. And of course ...

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Book review: God in Public

God in Public

Tom Wright’s book God in Public explores the dynamics of power in the contemporary public sphere and where Christianity fits alongside politicians, the media and the general public. Nick Mattiske reviews. Tom Wright is fond of repeating that God “is” putting the world to rights—not just “has” or “will” but “is”. Anyone familiar with his writings will understand his concept ...

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What if every church … opened its doors?

What if every church ... opened its doors? Photo: Supplied

The ancient Celts described spiritually significant spaces where one could catch a glimpse of the divine as “thin places”, but in the hustle and bustle of modern life is your church making the best use of its property beyond Sundays? Scott Guyatt writes. There is a Celtic saying, that heaven and earth are only three feet apart … but that ...

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Think local, connect to the global

Queensland Synod moderator, Rev David Baker. Photo: Ben Rogers

There was an old bumper sticker that said, “Think global, act local”. Our faith speaks about the great universal themes of creation, of reconciliation, of salvation. The Uniting Church, particularly, is energised by the large and broad issues that humanity and the nation are facing—anthropogenic climate change, the global refugee crisis, the world economic order. Yet for many of us, ...

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What if every church … formed faith at home?

What if every church formed faith at home? Photo: Supplied

In this exclusive column for The Scoop, Scott Guyatt explores faith on the home front and how families can practice and express their faith outside a church setting. So the evidence seems pretty strong, and multiple studies suggest the same thing: children and young people learn faith best at home. What happens in the family context is the biggest factor ...

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What if every church … embraced the arts?

What if every church embraced the arts? Photo: Supplied

In this month’s exclusive column for The Scoop, Scott Guyatt turns his attention to the full spectrum of the arts and considers the potential benefits if every church embraced painting, drawing, poetry, sculpture, photography, dance and other forms of artistic expression. Artists see the world in different ways to many of us. They create or encounter new worlds in their ...

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What if every church … had a playground?

What if every church had a playground? Photo: Supplied

In the first edition of an ongoing exclusive column for The Scoop, Scott Guyatt explores the possibilities of what could happen if every church embraced a particular concept or innovation. This month: the kids’ playground. “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these” (Luke 18:16) The ...

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