Mark Flippance

Press Service International

Mark is a Press Service International young writer from Adelaide.

 His previous articles can be read here: http://www.pressserviceinternational.org/mark-flippance.html

  • Frodo’s Wound: Carrying the Burdens

    I have recently re-watched the Lord of the Rings (LotR) Trilogy and I am still impressed with the amount of meaningful truths that Tolkien embedded within this epic narrative.

  • How I became a contemplative part 2

    The work of grace, as I said in part one, is primary to contemplative prayer. I just want to strip away some mystique of religious jargon. First of all, the work of grace is a twofold thing, it requires weakness and humility on our part and an empowering and enlivening on God's.

  • How I became a contemplative - Part 1

    When I was young, before I knew any theology or doctrine, before I had gone to a church or became a Christian - I prayed.

  • Nature transformed

    From a young age we are taught about ourselves, others and the world through dichotomy. Hot and cold, up or down right and wrong, form the basis of our logic and our humanity.

  • Self-righteousness : The devil masquerades as an angel of light

    The apostle Paul wrote 'we don't wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, powers and rulers of this dark age'.

  • Short term mission trip, part 2

    I took one look at the guard dog and it started running, I turned to my partner to to tell him not to run, as I thought running was a sign of fear and would provoke an attack.

  • Short term mission trip reflections part 1

    I went on three short term mission trips, one in 1998 to China, one in 1999 to Indonesia and one in 2000 again to China.

  • Reflections on my early Christian thinking

    Let me start off by saying that I have not considered myself a Pentecostal for over 10 years now and since leaving the denomination I have been on a steep learning curve.

  • The dark side of religion

    Ever wonder how people who claim to act and speak for God can behave in ways that are so contrary to way Jesus did?

  • Seeing the church from an outsider’s perspective

    I am someone who has now been to quite a few different churches from various denominations and it has had a unique effect on me.