Moving Beyond the House Church Hysteria

I ASK OODLES OF QUESTIONS. I can’t help it. It gets me in trouble sometimes, but it just seems to be part of my DNA. When I ask questions it’s about seeking a better way, or at least providing some thinking in a way that is a little off centre. I had a girlfriend once tell me to stop asking so many questions and trying to change everything! Fair to say we didn’t last.

I’ve been part of a house church for nearly four years. I love exploring ways of being the church, especially if those ways are beyond the normal method we’ve seen for the last five centuries! House church meets this criteria.

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Over that time the form and function of our house church has changed, as have the people and the way we operate. It’s a venture in continual progress as I learn, unlearn and relearn with a community of like-minded people what it means to be God’s people.

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This Is What Happens When You’re Brave

LAST WEEK I SHARED THE MIRACLE STORY OF OUR LAYLA. It wasn’t easy, because if I was to do it justice and divulge what actually went on, it meant being honest—completely honest. It also meant the V word: vulnerability.

I knew our story needed to be told. I knew deep in my gut, there were people out there who could relate to our pregnancy journey.

So I took some courage pills, and went for it!

This is What Happens When You’re Vulnerable

The response was amazing! Since publishing our experience, countless people have shared with us their own struggle through the pregnancy journey. It has been quite humbling.

The simple act of sharing our story opened the way for others to share theirs. And in the process, we have connected in some capacity. That’s the fruit, when bravery and vulnerability collide.

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Our Own Little Miracle: The Layla Mae Story

EVERY LIFE TELLS A STORY. Before we can mutter a single word, our story is being told. It’s told by those around us and through the things we do as we develop our personality. Our story precedes us in a quirky kinda way. We lead people into their own story. This is especially true for parents, who spend most of their time telling the stories of their kids.

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Sienna being the most awesome big sister.

Every parent could tell a story or two about their child. The agonising process of adoption or the expensive process with IVF. Or maybe the miscarriage, the struggle to fall pregnant, the accidental child who arrived six years after you’d decided ‘no more!’, the list goes on. These stories need to be told, because it connects us. It joins us together in our humanity as we seek and struggle to live a life of meaning.

I want to tell the first installment of Layla Mae because it will resonate with some of you. I want to tell it because there is hope if your pregnancy journey looks bleak.

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When A Hero Falls: What The Mark Driscoll Controversy Teaches Us

Mark Driscoll has been removed from the church network he started. Some of you will know him, others won’t. He’s a mega church pastor in the U.S. who has started stacks of ministry things and got a lot of influence, especially amongst church planters and young pastors. He’s been to the highest of heights, and now finds himself at the lowest of lows.

when a hero fallsI don’t really want to comment on him and his situation because I’m not keen to fuel the rumour mill. We can learn from it however because it does expose a wide-reaching condition of the human heart.

Hero worship is out of control in our society. Sports stars, politicians, activists, bloggers, business people, actors, musicians and even pastors find themselves on very public platforms. More public than ever before. And these platforms are impossible to maintain.

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Life Is Not A Competition

I’m a competitive beast. I grew up playing team sports and a passion to win at all costs. I’m also third in the pecking order of brothers which meant I needed an x-factor to be noticed. And being better at stuff meant I had a greater chance of getting attention and being accepted.

So you could say I thrive on competition.

life competitionThis competitive nature hasn’t always helped me. As I got older I noticed people better than me. Better footballers, better husbands, better friends, better writers, better gardeners. My competitive outlook meant I started to become a loser. Other people were beating me. I no longer won everything, but quickly learnt that this competitive attitude I grew up with had a dark side.

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The Unique Gift Of Children

Do you ever just sit and watch your kids? I don’t. At least I didn’t.

Last weekend I was a little flustered. Sienna was pushing my buttons and I just needed to stop. I wanted to walk away and leave her do her thing, but that didn’t feel right. Instead, I sat and watched her play. I stopped what I was doing and just admired her little creative mind do its thing. She lined up pencils, cut paper and drew rainbows. It was like water to my parched and tired soul.

sit enjoy kidsI’ve always thought that as a parent I’m here for Sienna. I’m here to care for her, protect her, grow her, inspire her, teach her and bring her up. And that’s all true. But this experience taught me that Sienna is here just as much for me. For me to enjoy. For me to admire. For me to feel proud. For me to receive joy.

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Review: NEON STEEPLE by CROWDER

Neon Steeple is David Crowder’s return, full of original tracks and more of the Crowder lyrical prowess we have come to expect — and admire. And it’s my favourite!

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I’ve been a fan of David Crowder for many years. Ever since I first heard his unique voice on the Passion Sacred Revolution album, I’ve tracked his path and loved his musical ability.

My love affair with all things Crowder came to a screaming halt when he and his band announced that Give Us Rest would be their final album. The band members went their separate ways, Crowder took a rest and I sobbed for weeks in the corner…

David Crowder’s music takes you to another place. He’s one of those unique souls that creates imaginary in your mind, whilst having a spiritual and theological depth that you don’t often get through other Christian musicians.

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The Elephant in the Christian Missions Room

Here’s the thing I’ve noticed when it comes to Christians and mission: they generally join God on mission in a place that is familiar and already heavily populated with christians.

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They light their bushel with pure intentions, yet add it to the illuminating light already present in a particular space.

To me, that’s a problem.

Everywhere you look people are talking about mission. They’re talking about how to connect with their community, spread the gospel and find ways of engaging the culture for Jesus. But in a bid to keep up with contemporary celebrity christian culture, they join the effortless and predictable mission fields.

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What Common Sense Actually Means

“That’s just common sense” refuted a teacher to a student’s stupidity. “Oh for goodness sake, please use your common sense” scolded Mum. “Some common sense by the community would be good” said the police force.

It’s a pretty familiar phrase that most of us have used at some stage. The problem however, is common sense isn’t always that common.

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The Real Reason Our Kids Don’t Learn Anything At School

That my friends, is a bin. At 10.30am. In a classroom. Yep, it’s full of chip packets, chocolate bar wrappers and other sugary drink containers.

I was horrified to see it and it struck me. “Of course our kids will struggle to concentrate and learn when their body is fueled by chips, soft drink and other confectionary crap.” It’s disgusting!

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