The other unforgivable sin—can a Christian drink alcohol?

The other unforgivable sin—can a Christian drink alcohol?

Once upon a time, I wrote an articleabout a time I was chastised for my tattoos while preaching at a small country church. I pondered then whether tattoos were seen as the ‘unforgivable sin’ in many Christian circles.

  • Fast freighters through the suburbs

    Fast freighters through the suburbs

    One of the articles I wrote as Footplate Padre for the On Track railway e-magazine was driving a freight train from Port Kembla to Sydney's Enfield good's yard.

  • Laguna Quays Respite repainted

    Laguna Quays Respite repainted

    The Whitsundays Laguna Quays Respite coordinated by Well-Being Australia for missions has enjoyed a repainting (inside) by helpers Will and Margaret Pearce  -  now in its eighth year the Whitsundays mission respite facility has provided many mission families / couples and chaplains - a much deserved rest and recuperation. 

  • “I have always believed in Miracles” – PM Scott Morrison

    “I have always believed in Miracles” – PM Scott Morrison

    Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morison an unashamed Christian who worships in a Sydney ‘Sutherland Shire’ Pentecostal congregation, in his victory speech, opened with these words – “I have always believed in miracles”.

  • What to do when you feel rejected

    What to do when you feel rejected

    Have you ever felt left out and rejected? Have you ever had a friend who you thought was a really close one, until you realise you weren’t invited to one of their recent parties?Have you ever been scrolling through Facebook or instagram and seen a few friends out and you weren’t invited?

  • Love boxes or shoot boxes?

    Love boxes or shoot boxes?

    There is a list of words I could have used instead of “shoot” in my article title. Hate, exclude, write-off, oppress are some synonyms for my use of shoot. Given the recent tragedy in Christchurch you might get my point. 

  • Kangaroos

    Kangaroos

    On the ‘prickle farm’ here, we are not short of a few kangaroos.

  • JESUS of History and the Hindu, Muslim and Christian Connections

    JESUS of History and the Hindu, Muslim and Christian Connections

    If one goes and googles ‘the best known person ever’, the name of Jesus comes up in numerous searches.

  • Raising money is a spiritual activity

    Raising money is a spiritual activity

    One of my roles as the Queensland State Representative for Baptist World Aid Australia is to raise money for our work. Even as I type, I can hear the pastors among us gasp at the thought of having to speak about money in every sermon, but actually, I really enjoy my role of fundraising within churches. I think raising money can be a tangible, and exciting spiritual activity.

  • Childlike Faith - Walking Part 1

    Childlike Faith - Walking Part 1

     Books are there for us to read for fun, academic studies, or both. I used to hate reading any kind of books when I was young. I thought reading them are a waste of time.

  • Scars of art

    Scars of art

    Body art, ink, tatts, call them what you like. Tattoos have been around for thousands of years(First discovered on mummies in 3370 BC). But they still face a lot of the same stigma today that they did more than 75 years ago when the troops started coming home with them after the war.

  • Confident

    Confident

    The other day my work colleague asked me if I was confident in making coffee’s. (holler I’ve probably made a proper coffee twice in my life). I said ‘Sure!’. He looked at me confused, knowing full well I didn’t know how to use a coffee machine. ‘You can be confident at anything, doesn’t mean you know what you’re doing.’