What’s the Gift of Tongues?

Paul talks about a gift of tongues (1 Corinthians 12:10, 30), and then returns to the topic of tongues and how they work in the gathering in 1 Corinthians 14. “Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. To one there is given

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Spiritual Disciplines

After talking about change as not coming through morality or rule keeping, it might seem a bit contradictory to talk about discipline as an important part of the Christian life. Spiritual disciplines are practices that the church has historically seen as useful in personal transformation. They’ve been treated suspiciously by

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The Ugly and the Beautiful

Thomas Chalmers, a Scottish preacher who lived in the 18th and 19th centuries, wrote about ‘the expulsive power of a new affection’. He said, ‘Christians overcome the world by seeing the beauty and excellence of Christ. They overcome the world by seeing something more attractive than the world: Christ’. A

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Life Beyond Lust

Earlier this week a number of our team were reflecting on the lust talk from Sunday. It’s been a big term so far in our series, Life Beyond The Seven Deadly Sins. Every week highlights for me just how insidious sin is – and that’s definitely the case when it

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When I Survey – Voting for Jesus

As Australia prepares to fill out a survey about Same Sex Marriage, I recently conducted a simple survey of my own. I asked what my friends consider the “best song/hymn about Jesus’ death on the cross”. Polling highest was the great hymn by Isaac Watts, ‘When I survey the Wondrous

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Road rage, the public square, and plebiscites

You and I can become especially unreasonable people in two places: … Behind the wheel of a car and behind a computer keyboard. Road ragers on public roads. Keyboard warriors in the public square. There’s relative anonymity in both contexts. We forget other people are real. The damage done certainly

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Being Church Together

It began sounding like one of those dream church planting stories. The gospel was brought to a particular city for the first time and many people turned to Jesus. A church sprang up and began to grow quickly. It was made up of people from a few different cultural backgrounds

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LIFE Beyond Sin

The gospel is the good news of salvation in Jesus. We’re saved from our sins by the death of Jesus in our place. It’s wonderful news! Central to the gospel is the idea of GRACE – that we’re saved by God’s free gift to us in Jesus, not on our

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Is there a place for Jesus in the school yard?

You might have seen the story in The Australian this morning about a state government crackdown on religion in state schools. The Queensland Government has been reviewing the material that Religious Instruction teachers — including people from Creek Road — teach in our schools. The review (http://education.qld.gov.au/schools/school-operations/docs/report-access-ministries-materials.pdf) found that the

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