I enjoy putting words into sentences. I write blogs, articles, teaching guides and books. Both the nonfiction and the fiction variety. I’m not especially fond of writing an autobiography. I’m sure many people feel the same way.
That said, I realise the value of disclosing a little about oneself on a website like this, so here we go.
I’m on a journey. An exciting one. A challenging one.
I was a young senior pastor at the end of the last century. Said that way, it sounds like I’m prehistoric. But I’m not old, wise … or grey (yet).
Together with a wonderful group of elders, I was able to help the church I led to walk through a remarkable shift detailed here.
This led to an exciting thrust in missional work which took our team around the world. From third-world countries like South Africa, Zimbabwe and Zambia to first-world countries like Japan, New Zealand and Australia.
From these rich experiences and the many hard lessons learnt, I’ve put this site together. My goal is to contribute towards what is, in my opinion, the most important conversation today. A conversation that involves:
The Gospel of the Kingdom of God and how we, as God’s people, advance His Kingdom on earth as it is in heaven.
I’m convinced that the Message of Jesus is the answer to the challenges of our day.
While I am based in Melbourne, Australia, I walk in friendship with a number of men around the world. Tony Fitzgerald is based in the USA. Grant Willems in Japan. Christo Van Deventer in South Africa. And here in Australia, Peter Steicke is based in Adelaide.
These men know me well. They know what I’m like on a mission trip in a foreign land, what I’m like at home, and what I’m like sharing my heart, whether it’s in a coffee shop or behind a lectern. While we don’t always come to the same conclusion on things, we’re whistling to the same tune. Some of these relationships go back more than twenty years. Feel free to contact them and ask them anything you want about me.
Holding to the Apostles’ and Nicene Creeds as essential for doctrine and the Great Commandments (Matthew 22:37-39) and the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20) as informing our practices, the following values are important to me:
The Father-heart and Word of God
The Primacy of Christ’s Kingship and the Gospel of the Kingdom
The Personhood and Essential Ministry of the Holy Spirit
The Body of Christ and Unity of the Spirit
The Apostolic Mindset and Missional Ekklesia
The Hebrew Values: Parent Leadership and Spiritual Family
The Brotherhood and Priesthood of All Believers
The Restoration Plan of God and the New Humanity
The Parousia of Christ: Living as a Hopeful, Eschatological People