Family Violence doesn’t exist in Christian communities, does it? Surely those stories of Christian men dragging their wives around by the hair can’t be true. While a comprehensive study of Christian families in Australia is yet to be done, some smaller studies suggest that the rates of violence within Christian families might be the same as, or only slightly lower, than the general population 1 . Another study suggests that pastors underestimate the rates of violence within t
My previous piece was a beginning of open conversation about my “non-headship” or “egalitarian” marriage. Australian Pentecostal Christians don’t often discuss theologies of marriage, they just live them. But there are now serious reasons to speak out. Notice I said THEOLOGIES plural. There are currently at least four Christian (Patriarchal, Complementarianism, Egalitarian, Deconstructionist) views on heterosexual marriage. I outline them here. This post is long, so feel free
[Read part 3 of the series here]
Fixing our eyes on Jesus calls us to follow Mary’s example and put ourselves under the tutelage of Jesus. Jesus is the best theology professor any of us will ever find, and he still warmly admits women into his school. He doesn’t describe God in the abstract to us. He shows God to us through his own life. Jesus told his disciples plainly, “Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father” (John 14:9).
The prospect of taking up a thick theologica
Tell us a little about you
I love to see new places, to have fun and being outdoors. Music, being with good people and seeing people thrive in life, really makes me come alive.
Growing up in a big family in Adelaide granted me many opportunities to learn about community, sharing life with passion and using your gifts for the contribution to the world.
Keeping things simple; not making things more complicated than they need to be, is a valuable foundation that still impa
In Part 1, I explained how inadequately churches care for working women as a demographic group, and provided some simple ideas to better care for their needs. In Part 2, I will look at how we can balance the enormous stresses faced by working mothers in balancing often competing demands of home, church and work. I have just finished my day at work, and as I walk to the station I call home and negotiate with my son to order and pick up takeaway because I am going to get home t
[Read part 2 of this series here] On the day of the Christmas pageant at Oxford’s St. Ebbe’s School, I was pressing toward a deadline on a software project. This would be a wild day for me, but a glorious one for my daughter, who was five and had been chosen from her class for a speaking part in the Christmas play. The headmistress announced there would be two performances, but as I explained to Allison, I would be able to make only the first program in the morning. At curtai
What's your favourite bible passage & why? Luke 1:37 FOR NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE WITH GOD. This scripture gave me Hope when I first met Jesus at 22 years old. I was broken and angry, and somewhat dysfunctional! This was one of the first scriptures I read and it jumped out the page at me. It gave me Hope that God could redeem and restore and it has stuck with me every since. I’ve also found it to be true time and time again. How do you keep your eyes fixed on Jesus? A quest
I rarely talk about marriage. As far as I’m concerned, mine is sacred, and I don’t keep it out in the public space. I’d fight anyone for it. Of course, Tim would be highly amused if you’d like to test me on that. In Ecclesiastes 4, there is a passage often related to marriage. Two are better than one,
because they have a good return for their labour:
If either of them falls down,
one can help the other up.
But pity anyone who falls
and has no one to help them
[Read part one of this series here] Most of us are better theologians in hindsight. We look at the struggles we have weathered and survived and testify warmly of God’s goodness and faithfulness to us. But when a new crisis hits or we weary of the steady dripping of little problems and stresses, our theology collapses like a house of cards and we’re faced with the task of reassembling it all over again. Yes, God was good, he was faithful, he was in control, he did show his lov
When I fell pregnant with my daughter I had an incredible job. I was flying the world doing negotiations for a multinational corporation, staying in lovely hotels and learning heaps. The pregnancy had been planned, but had somehow seemed unlikely with all the travel away from home. Not that I wasn’t delighted to be pregnant, just that when it actually happened, I started counting the cost. There was a cost to my career because I was advised not to fly after reaching seven mon