It is common enough to equate preaching that challenges people to be thought ‘prophetic’ (and preaching that encourages people to be thought ‘pastoral’). But prophetic proclamation is not a heralding of people’s need to improve their behaviour (nor is pastoral exhortation assuring people that they’re doing okay). Prophetic preaching is an invitation to turn and …

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A sound understanding of what the Gospel is forms a reliable foundation for understanding the form and nature of preaching. With true Gospel the focus is on God, the implications of which are the basis of human response. Gospel is not a set of ideas, a precious something tucked into our hearts, a decision we …

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Technology has entered our lives in a way that tools are now becoming masters. Of course that is not true, a tool can never rule a life. So it is not so much that tools that rule us, but rather that we ourselves use the tools in a way that our choices are no longer …

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Work security is replaced by ongoing work being performed by casual or temporary placements. Corporate responsibility is replaced by franchising or outsourcing, guaranteeing an income stream without being accountable for the wellbeing of workers. The pursuit of increasing profit; of greater outputs being produced with diminishing costs; sees workloads increasing while tenure in uncertain. All …

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