5 minutes with Kate

Tell us a little about yourself I have been a Christian most of my life. I'm the baby out of a wonderful family of four girls. I'm married to Jeff. I work part time doing admin and running my South Australian based nature photography business 'Photography by Kate'. What's your favourite bible passage & why? Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. Ephesians 3:20-21 It's a reminder that God is so incredibly powerful yet loving that He would use His power to within me. How do you keep your eyes fixed on Jesu

5 minutes with Catherine ...

Tell us a little about yourself I am a wife to Marty and a mum to 3 gorgeous children - Adam, Isaac and Kiara. I am a teacher and absolutely love my job. I love that I get to hopefully have a positive impact on the little lives that I get to see in my classroom. In my spare time I like to cook and read. But... I don't actually have a lot of time between my job and my family life. I look forward to these times of the year when I do have time for me to do the things that I enjoy. It does help that the kids are growing up and can entertain themselves. What's your favourite bible passage & why? I have loved Philippians 4:6-7 and 13 probably from the time I was a teenager. Do not be anxious a

Free At Last

A Christian teenage girl from the Netherlands read one of my online articles on friendships and being shy. She reached out to me through email and we had some correspondence. She seemed nice, if unhappy, and I tried to be supportive, but I didn't think much about it after we stopped emailing. What she didn't tell me was that she was in a domestic/family violence situation and was so depressed and stressed out that she'd been trying suicide attempts for a while. Some time later, she decided that she really did need to end her life, and for some reason she decided to write 'goodbye' letters. She wrote one to me, saying thank you for being nice to her, but that this was the end. She pressed sen

5 minutes with Catherine

Tell us a little about you I have the privilege of serving as Chief Executive Officer of Mission Australia, which is a national non-denominational Christian community services organisation that helps Australians’ in need to regain their independence. Our key goal is to reduce homelessness and strengthen communities. I am a Director on a number of Boards, a BoardLinks Champion and member of Chief Executive Women. I am also Council Member for Tara Anglican School for Girls. I am married and have two children; two step-children; and 3 grand-sons. What's your favourite bible passage & why? Hard to pick just one! If I can take the liberty of having two favourites, they would be Romans 12:2 (Be tr

Christian Approaches to Mental Health - Part 3 - Recognise that it is Complex

Mental health is a loaded topic. Especially for Christians. As both the giver and receiver of mental health care at different times, I’ve heard the full gamut of unhelpful over-spiritualised Christian responses. But I’ve also seen and experienced some wonderful Christians stand beside those with mental illness and offer comfort and hope. In these articles, we’ll explore some steps to developing a Christian approach to mental illness so we can lead the way in caring for those with mental illness and experiencing the freedom of the gospel. In this final article on a Christian approach to mental illness, we look at some practical tips for caring with those with mental illness. I’ve been on a

Christian Approaches to Mental Health - Part 2 - Understand the Effects of Sin

Mental health is a loaded topic. Especially for Christians. As both the giver and receiver of mental health care at different times, I’ve heard the full gamut of unhelpful over-spiritualised Christian responses. But I’ve also seen and experienced some wonderful Christians stand beside those with mental illness and offer comfort and hope. In these articles, we’ll explore some steps to developing a Christian approach to mental illness so we can lead the way in caring for those with mental illness and experiencing the freedom of the gospel. This is the second in a three-part series exploring a Christian approach to mental illness, so we can lead the way in caring for those with mental illness

Christian Approaches to Mental Health - Part 1 - Start With God

Mental health is a loaded topic. Especially for Christians. As both the giver and receiver of mental health care at different times, I’ve heard the full gamut of unhelpful over-spiritualised Christian responses. But I’ve also seen and experienced some wonderful Christians stand beside those with mental illness and offer comfort and hope. In these articles, we’ll explore some steps to developing a Christian approach to mental illness so we can lead the way in caring for those with mental illness and experiencing the freedom of the gospel. Step 1: Start with God God knows about mental illness. We know this because it’s a recurring experience recorded in Scripture. Consider Job 3:20-26:20 2

The Mindful Christian

Ever driven home and realised your mind wasn’t on the road? Or scoffed down your breakfast thinking about the 39 next things you need to do before you leave the house? Yeah, your mind and body are in different places. Mind-less driving and eating you might say. Compare that to the time you were captivated, immersed in your favourite piece of music, or the time you were chatting over dinner with your bestie and there was no-where in the world you’d rather be. Those are the mind-ful times; when your mind, body and soul are all FULLY present. There seems to be some scepticism amongst Christians when it comes to the practice of mindfulness, perhaps there’s some concern that it’s derived from oth

Mary Yeung: An extraordinary Australian Chinese Pentecostal

At the turn of the 20th century, women made up less than 2% of the Chinese population in Australia and not a great deal is known about them. I’d like to tell you about one remarkable Australian Chinese woman – Mary Yeung – a Pentecostal missionary who defied culture and religious traditions to make an extraordinary impact in Australia and beyond. If you would like to know more about this story, please see my articles in the Journal Pentecostal Studies, 16, 2 (August 2013). Born in Wahgunyah, Victoria, in 1888, Mary was the eldest of six children of James Chen Ah Kew and Lum Kou Gum. The family operated a local convenience store and land clearing business. However, in 1901, when the ‘White Au

Throwing Flower Bombs

Today I walked my neighbourhood with my six year old niece. She took her phone and I told her that we would go on a photographic journey. “What’s that?” she said. I told her that we would walk the streets and she could take photographs of anything she wanted and that this would tell and record our story for the day. She thought it was a great idea. Mostly she took photos of dogs, iron lacework patterns spiralling on buildings, graffiti, lazy cats and dry, crunchy leaves on the ground. But she stopped frequently to take photos of flowers. At one part of our photographic journey, she was taking a photo of some beautiful, red flowers in the front yard of a terrace house when suddenly, the owne

We Are Women

We are women Walking in the spirit of Abigail Unafraid to use our intelligence and resources To protect those who depend on us And to do what is right in Your sight We are women Walking in the spirit of Priscilla Ready to use our gifts to let Your truth blossom And cause untruth to wither and fade We are women Walking in the spirit of Miriam Called to lead Your people And ready to sing for joy At what You have done among us We are women Walking in the spirit of Mary the virgin Fully surrendered to You In whatever surprising and dangerous and precious calling You may ask of us We are women Walking in the spirit of Junia the apostle Knowing that “one in Christ Jesus” might tak

5 minutes with Steph ...

Tell us a little about yourself I'm special education teacher, a mum of 3 young boys, married to a wanna-be rock star PD/H/PE teacher, and am currently on maternity leave from an awesome teaching job. What's your favourite bible passage & why? Too many to count. But I have been focussing on kindness with my 6 year old so Ephesians 4:32. Simply, "Be kind and compassionate to one another..." in all you do as a reflection of Christ. How do you keep your eyes fixed on Jesus? This has been a big test throughout the past year as our 1 year old has introduced challenges into our lives that have forced us to either feel anger and frustration or to fix our eyes on Jesus and the blessings that

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