Church ..What exactly is it ? A short thought !!!!

Over these past years I have visited many churches. I have led church, I have been a local pastor and now I am regional pastor..if you like to call it that.

Recently as I have  been visiting some churches, I have found myself a bit lost.  Hardly anyone talks to you, and when they do in the non Army settings, its just hello... really, no meaningful engagement at all.

When I visit Corps ( Army churches ) they do speak to me sometimes, but really because they know who I am.

here is what I think...

When you turn up in a church, you should expect to encounter Jesus Christ. You should expect that if you bring a pre saved friend with you, that they are going to hear about Jesus and His love for them and everyone else also.

AND...most importantly of given an opportunity to meet Jesus and be saved....right there.

If that isn’t happening in your church, then I seriously question what your church is about.

Many churches have become places of performance and self congratulation.

It has …

Are we still The SALVATION Army ?? - Or are we just The Army ??

Are we still the SALVATION Army, or have we become just an Army ?
the definition of the word Salvation can be seen in 2 main follows:
1. preservation or deliverance from harm, ruin, or loss.
"they try to sell it to us as economic salvation" synonyms:lifeline, preservation, conservation, means of escape

"she clung to that conviction, knowing it was her salvation" a source or means of being saved from harm, ruin, or loss. noun: one's salvation; plural noun: one's salvations
"his only salvation was to outfly the enemy" 2. Theology deliverance from sin and its consequences, believed by Christians to be brought about by faith in Christ.
"the Christian gospel of salvation for all mankind" synonyms:redemption, deliverance, saving, help, reclamation

"we are here to bring you to salvation by way of repentance"

In other words then, Is this movement (TSA) still getting people saved from sin by ways of delivering people to Jesus …

Why oh why oh WHY ???? --there is some nasty stuff on this earth.

Many people who know me well would know that Eagles have a very important place in my life. I have many times shared this, either on my blog or on facebook or personally, and also from within some sermons.   I apologise to those who think I may be a stuck record, and I certainly do not apologise, to those who may criticize me for the way in which I live my life, and the way in which God speaks to me through these most majestic birds of prey. This all started for me a very long time ago. God has used these creatures that He created to communicate promise and blessing as well as confirmation and  assurance of His touch upon my life. There was this one guy,(sadly a retired officer) who let rip at me about this, saying stupid things like it was a form of idolatry and some other stupid word he used.   I reject that completely, so don't go down that track if you have bothered to read this blog right now.
One of the key times I was first impacted by the presence of an eagle, was not lon…

God chatter... Mission without the message ?

I have had some wonderful conversations with some amazing Godly people this week in the line of my work as an Area Officer, this part of my life is just awesome. Can I say, I love this part of my job,  iron sharpening iron really... thanks friends for those who have spoken deeply into my life this past few days... amazing.
It sure has been an interesting week in so many ways...  God has been speaking to me, and I have heard Him, I think.   
I read this post on FB today, and it is prompting me hugely... as I consider all going on in my life and around me and also in TSA these days.
It's a quote from a preacher way back in 1949,  a preacher in the Hebridean revival, a guy by the name of Duncan Campbell, no idea who he is... but something about his statement resonates within me deeply right now. He says...... 
"We have been out -maneuvered by the strategy of hell, because we have tried to meet the enemy on human levels by human strategy. We have succeeded in making people churc…

tHiS CrAzY WoRLd - some thoughts about now.

At some point in the next little while I may very well preach this note:
Please be ready for that if you should read this... and get to hear me preach.

I have been to many churches in my life, some great and some not so great... and I guess I decided to work out in my head, what is it that makes a church great or not quite so great.
That is not the topic of this blog... 
The topic of this blog and my thoughts is more around the crazy world in which we live, and why things are like they are, and how Christians are responding to the mess around us, and sometimes within us. 

Now getting back to the churches... I have visited, Saddleback, Willowcreek, Hillsong, Crossway,Enjoy, Bayside,Edge, Southside, Rhema, Salvo churches too many to number, but in London, Singapore, Hong Kong, India, USA, and of course Australia.... and there is one thing that every single church I have been in, has in common... and that is that they all preach Jesus. 

They all worship Jesus. 
They all serve Jesus. 
and they al…

Worship: is it about Him, or about us. ???

A brief Blog entry today :

I am facing some interesting challenges these days, some of it is not my own doing, some of it is, I guess, and some of it, is because of my current position in ministry.

Nevertheless, the challenges come and go, for us all. Regardless of what choices we have personally made along the way, we will all have our challenges from time to time.

Presently I have a few challenges. Health. Ministry. Life.

On my FB page I have posted a song, its one of the latest Hillsong, songs, “ Who You Say I am
And its a great song that has been speaking into my heart and mind.

It occurred to me this morning as I prayed, that whilst worship isnt about me, and is about the Lord, in many of our churches worship has become more about us than Him.
But in line with that, for me, as I considered that again today, I recognized afresh that when we worship Him, we ourselves are helped and lifted.

One of the lines in that song, says this...” In my Fathers house, there’s a place for me, I …

My Thoughts on The Salvation Army in Australia right now

These are very interesting days in The Salvation Army in Australia. 
Some, I have heard, are struggling with the changes, and whilst I get that, because change isn't at all easy for any of us at times, it nevertheless is critical to our ongoing viability as a movement of God.
As soon as I start writing my thoughts and feelings here, one way or the other, I know that it will alienate a group of people, and that isn't my intent.  So if that is you, I apologise, but would you please just read on and try and see what I am getting at.

I have been a Salvo all my life, I was born into it...I am currently 57 years of age, so that means I have been a Salvo for 57 years.  When I was around 15 years I became a Soldier to go into uniform and play in the band at Perth Fortress. A lot of us did that, and it was a ritual for some of us, a means to an end.  A way of conformity if you like.  As my life went through my teen years, I was involved in the same way as many others, not particularly…