Let’s Get Missional

Imagine a group of Christians caring more for what happens outside the four walls of their church building than what happens inside.

Imagine a group of believers committed to being as passionate about social justice as the Bible calls them to be.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to find a community of Jesus followers that are so passionate about their faith that it becomes a natural part of their everyday life.

My regular Wednesday morning guest on 98.5 Sonshine FM is Ross Clifford who is the Principal of Morling College in New South Wales and current President of the Baptist Union of Australia. Each week we chat about a range of issues relating to spirituality and belief.

Yesterday we talked about the missional church. We discussed the hallmarks of a church that reaches beyond its own membership to bring positive change to the local community and beyond.

Ross talked about a number of indicators from Michael Frost and Alan Hirsch’s excellent book, The Shaping of Things to Come.

I threw in the example of Geoff and his church taking part in Clean Up Australia Day last Sunday.

You can listen to our conversation by clicking here. If you want to download the mp3 to listen later, right click here and save the file.

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It’s officially Autumn. It’s meant to be cooling down. It’s not.

We’ve just had three days of temperatures over 40 degrees. The mercury rocketed up to 42.4 degrees Celsius (108.32 degree Fahrenheit) yesterday. It was Perth’s hottest March day on record. Today is forecast to be around 38 (just over 100 Fahrenheit) which is still hotter than I prefer. Thankfully the maximum for tomorrow is tipped to be around 27.

How have we been coping with the heat?

We took the opportunity to head to the coast with some friends last night. We went to a dog beach with their pooch and a couple of car loads of kids.

It was so nice to get wet and cool down. After a swim we sat on the beach eating fish and chips for dinner. Then we sat around and chatted as we watched the sun drop into the ocean. It was a much nicer way to end the day than sitting around in a hot house.

The time at the beach was a fairly good argument for daylight saving which is being trialled in Western Australia at the moment but Iā€™m not ready to embrace the idea completely until they can give me back the hour of daylight they stole from the morning.

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