The end of union with Christ

We live in the era of the religious supermarket. Almost without exception, people claim to have a sense of spiritual identity, a need to embrace more than this external, material world. And the shelves of the religious supermarket groan under the weight of the exciting, intriguing, enlightening products and services on offer, for a price. …

Standards for deacons

A sermon by Rod Benson 1 Timothy 3:8-13 Many people today are highly suspicious of authority. But authority itself is a necessary and good gift from God that reflects his sovereign and benevolent rule over us. With authority comes responsibility, and so in business and professional life we have codes of ethics, and professional standards, …

Should Christians support the death penalty?

As I write, Australian citizens Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, two of the infamous “Bali Nine,” face imminent execution by firing squad in Indonesia on drug trafficking convictions. Other Australians have faced similar fates, including Kevin Barlow and Brian Chambers, executed in Malaysia in 1986 for drug trafficking; Nguyen Tuong Van, hanged in 2005 for …