Manly Life Update and Progress

Victoria and I are so thrilled with the progress of Manly Life. Just 5 weeks ago the church launched publicly in Manly and the response has been wonderful. For those who live afar or who have been praying for our new church community I thought I would give an update on how things are going.Continue reading “Manly Life Update and Progress”

The Rantings and Ravings of Atheists (and Christians)

I felt for the Archbishop of Sydney, Peter Jensen, last night on the ABC television show Q&A. While I am sure he would have loved to have spoken more about the loving, grace filled God of the scriptures, he was instead harassed and mocked by a loud atheist fellow panelist and many members of theContinue reading “The Rantings and Ravings of Atheists (and Christians)”

Manly Life Church Launch Service (with photos)

On Sunday we launched a new church for the Northern Beaches with a bang! It was awesome to see so many people gather for the beginning of this new community. It was great to see old friends, and meet new faces. One of the things you hope for in leading a new church is thatContinue reading “Manly Life Church Launch Service (with photos)”

3 Quick Prayers for Manly Life

This is what I am praying this week. 1. We will be a radically welcoming and hospitable community. A major marker of any alive church right since the beginning has been inclusiveness. In Jesus we are told there is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female. The echo of that today isContinue reading “3 Quick Prayers for Manly Life”

It’s time to launch a new church!

It’s launch week at Manly Life Church and we are full of hope! Launching a new church is about lots of things but primarily it is about Jesus – and his ongoing story of liberating the world from its bondage to decay. Now that may sound grandiose, but it is the essential claim of Jesus,Continue reading “It’s time to launch a new church!”

Spending Your Life Well

What kind of life do you want to live? What kind of story do you want to tell? What kind of mark will you leave, what kind of legacy will you impart? With big changes in my life over the last year, these have been recurring questions in my mind, and ones I want to challengeContinue reading “Spending Your Life Well”

5 Weeks til launch, 5 reasons to be excited!

With under 5 weeks until the public launch of Manly Life Church, here are my 5 reasons to be hopeful and excited for this new church; 1. We know our God and he is faithful! He has revealed himself in Jesus and throughout history. Our God is full of love, breathes new life on the broken,Continue reading “5 Weeks til launch, 5 reasons to be excited!”

God’s presence or bust!

Victoria spoke last night at Manly Life on that great passage in Exodus where Moses says to God; “If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here. How will anyone know that you are pleased with me and with your people unless you go with us? What else will distinguishContinue reading “God’s presence or bust!”

Choose Your Own Spiritual Adventure

Being in the religion section of Manly Library is as good a place as any to realise that you no longer live in Christendom (that mystical place when everyone was a Christian and the church held the dominant position in all areas of society). There are books on every imaginable spirituality and religion. Indeed theContinue reading “Choose Your Own Spiritual Adventure”

Life’s Storms

Last night it felt like Manly could actually get blown over and washed away. Victoria was getting nervous that one of the big pine trees outside our apartment was going to come down. On the beach side, the waves came up to the retainer wall and on the harbour side boats were being run upContinue reading “Life’s Storms”