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What an opportunity exists !!!

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If ever there was a time in Australia right now for the Christian church to stand up and make a difference, now is that time.  It's perfect. 



 Yet here is the serious dilemma.
We most likely will stay silent, and do nothing.

I often wonder about myself and others when I consider these kinds of opportunities and pose a few questions of my own. Maybe its an internal struggle, maybe its apathy, maybe its lethargy, but it could also be likely that it is because we are too concerned about our reputation or image and we simply dont want to confront sin anymore or confront sinners and get conflict. Is it possible that we have simply opted for the easy way, the comfortable and non confrontational approach to ministry and mission and are awaiting people to come to us, rather than us go to them, ?
Recently there was an article published in the Australian Newspaper that says it all way more clearly than I can say, you can find the link for that article on my Facebook page, but suffice to say how…

Getting your buzz back !!

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What do you do when you lose your Buzz ?



Sometimes we lose the buzz, we lose our joy and things feel flat and boring. I hate that feeling, and I wouldn't have thought that anyone would really like being in that position . Buzzless. Buzz deficient.

Yet life dishes that up, doesn't it ? Something happens that causes us grief and we lose the excitement and thrill, or exhilaration of what we once had.

If you have ever lost your buzz, then you know exactly what I am talking about.
So what do you do about it ?

How do we get the buzz back ?


Let's firstly determine what the buzz is that we lost.

It could be a job, or relationship, or a friend.... it could be that the buzz of life was deep satisfaction in what life was for you at any given time. It could be that the buzz was just a special sense of well being and contentment of life... and I think for me that's the bit I want to speak about specifically in this blog entry today.

When you lose contentment and a sense of well be…

This is sure to offend someone...( and I am not that sorry about it)

In my quiet time this morning, as I sit quietly and reflect upon my life and what I see and sense around me these days, I must confess I have some concerns ...things that worry me, even frighten me.

I apologise if this blog offends you, but I guess if you dont want to be offended you could always stop reading right now and go away ...(lol).  That's up to you...  !!!!

I sit in my prayer room, looking at my books, many of which have changed my view on life and ministry...people who have gone before me, people wiser than I am, with loads of experience in leading church and changing church for the Kingdom of Gods sake.

I want my life to count for something, that when I die, that I might have made a difference to something, someone ..somewhere.  I tried to write a book, but never got it finished.... and my life is heading towards its end, 57 years of age, I may have 30 years left in me, at best.

Life is short there are rumors of war and some crazy bloke up north who wants to annialate …

Being a Significant leader.

I haven't blogged for a little while and I thought I would just jot down some thoughts today that are going through my head.

These thoughts arise out of a busy week...with a mixture of great stuff as well as some not so great stuff, which is what it is like in ministry and has been for the past 22 years or so.

As I conclude my quiet time today I am drawn to think about a good friend of mine who is involved in a significant ministry and is making some key differecnes to those around him. In fact his future ministry is looking very exciting and he will end up being a world changer for some people who need a change in their world. (For Jesus that is )

It leads me to think about what is " A Significant Ministry ".. what does it mean to be a man or woman of significance ?

Well in man's eyes, we make judgements on this very issue all the time, I am not sure how we come to some conclusions around whether a person is significant or not, but I do know this, anyone who chooses…

Reflections on Salvo Ministry

I have just taken up the role as Divisional Mission Resource Secretary in the East Victoria Division of Melbourne. As such it affords me to visit various corps and centers and share in their ministry. Today as I worshipped with my friends at Mooroolbark, they used some songs which took me back to some days of ministry at Craigieburn, where we ( Julie and I) planted a corps and stayed there for 12 years.

12 years is a long time in one place and it is natural that it will form a huge part of my perspective on ministry as well as my life.

This blog entry is in no way intended to speak of the current Craigieburn ( Salvos 3064 ), for really .. I have no idea what is happening there right now.... but rather what I have learned since leaving 3064.  And I guess what I am willing to confess today about missing from/about it.

Over these past 4 years, since leaving 3064, my journey has taken me along some different ministry paths. Some for which I am grateful for, and some for which I am not.

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When things dont go the way you thought they would !?

I am 56 years of age, and have lived a pretty good life, mostly. I have made so many mistakes in my life that I cant count them all... at times,  I think I remember every single sin I have ever committed.

I have also had my fair share of victories and sometimes I can also remember those.

There have been times in my life when I have been in complete despair over my own stupid actions, and then there have been times when I have felt elated over a situation or circumstance.

As I sit here and reflect on all this, this early Christmas morning 2016, I have just received a SMS message thanking me for my contribution in another persons life.  I thought the message was a mistake seeing as though I didn't recognize who it was that sent it, and have had no ministry contact in more than 12 months with this person.  I feel like I have had little impact on anyone else's life this year... actually, so it was a bit of a surprise to me to receive the SMS.

Anyway it caused me to just sit and po…

An " Anaemic " blog...

These past few weeks has seen a few episodes of unsettling articles blogged and reported in social media.  I am not against social media, in fact I think these days it is a valuable and helpful way of communicating to the current world.   I am a blogger afterall. I am active on facebook. I tried instagram, but struggled... also twitter. ( struggled there too).

Last week there was this blog written that was not that complimentary of TSA. There had been a previous article which slammed us, and after some horrid weeks and some adjustments, TSA modified its wording, which whether you loved it or hated it, was a little more aligned with our positional statements. Well anyway, this blog had another go.  I felt enough was enough, so I challenged it and my first challenge was published. And then shot down. Actually the writer called me in subsequent blogs, "a biblical anaemic Christian" which of course messed with my head.

What I think is sad, is that I responded to these allegation…