Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Being a God noticer


Where can we encounter God in our daily life? I love this little video of theologian Paula Gooder talking about being a 'God noticer'. There are lots of great little videos like this on the Bible Society's Youtube channel Lyfe.


Thursday, 21 May 2015

National Reconciliation Week 2015


"It's time to change it up" is the theme for this year's National Reconciliation Week (27 May - 3 June)

There are all kinds of resources at Reconciliation Australia

Check out ABM's resources which include some for prayer and worship.

“ABM believes that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders peoples have a special place in this country as their ancestry goes back thousands of years. Many Indigenous Christians believe that God was with them from long ago and they find meaning and hope in the Good News of Jesus Christ.”

Habits of Heart


Heard of Habits of Mind? An Anglican chaplain on the Gold Coast has developed Habits of Heart. He created them because he realised that Habits of Mind provides no moral compass for evaluating actions.

Head on over to aplaceformission.org to find out more.


Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Spiritual people vulnerable to mental disorder


Recent research, published in the British Journal ofPsychiatry, found that "people who have a spiritual understanding of life in the absence of a religious framework are vulnerable to mental disorder"

"Of the participants 35% had a religious understanding of life, 19% were spiritual but not religious and 46% were neither religious nor spiritual. Religious people were similar to those who were neither religious nor spiritual with regard to the prevalence of mental disorders"

Read the research here.

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Measuring Christian influence in Anglican Schools


How might you measure the positive influence the Christian faith is having within your school? John Dickson has an interesting paper about this on the Anglican Education Commission website in the Conversation Starters section.

The majority of the paper is setting up a framework in order to ask evaluative questions at the end.

I particularly like what he has to say about what it means to be a Christian Anglican School:

"It does not mean doing academically well plus trying to evangelise children; nor is it simply about adding Christian Studies and Chapel to a program of ‘normal’ curricula; nor about enrolling a majority of Christian students or employing a majority of Christian teachers. Being a Christian Anglican school means being the finest educational community possible from the perspective of the Christian worldview, a worldview that begins with the conviction that Christ is Lord of all of life. This naturally means that a Christian Anglican school will seek to promote an awareness of Christ throughout the school
community. But it does not end there. It also means seeking to convey the benefits of the Christian worldview even for those who do not share its core beliefs."

His insights about how people form beliefs, through intellectual, emotional and social influence and persuasion are valuable, as are the three tools he outlines of Gospel persuasion, prayer and loving service.

The best thing about this paper is that John was writing it for a real school and this is seen in the practicality and groundedness of the framework and questions.

Read it for yourself here.