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October 2015

Visiting the Australian Outback

It took a few attempts before I could get the hang of pronouncing ‘Gulargambone’ correctly. The name means ‘place of Galahs’ or ‘watering place of many birds’, in the language of the local indigenous people. Gulargambone is a small community of about 400 people located more than 500km north-west of Sydney, in New South…

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October 2011

One year in

One year inMourners cluster on the parched grass outside the tin-roofed chapel filled with grieving family, as I seek gently to bring the gospel of God to them and to thank the Lord for an aboriginal woman's life in the face of her early death.A year ago we were strangers, but now are counted…

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Australian Aboriginal churches
April 2010

Australian Aboriginal churches

Australian Aboriginal churches Australian Indigenous Ministries (AIM), previously known as the Aborigines Inland Mission, is a conservative evangelical organisation whose foundations go back to 1905.             From the beginning, ministry was aimed at establishing Aboriginal Christians to lead and guide their own people. With the benefit of hindsight, AIM recognises that more in the past…

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Australian Evangelicalism
February 2007

Australian Evangelicalism

Snapshots of history have their charms and their dangers. The last forty years or so of Australian evangelicalism have seen hopes rise and fall, as they invariably do. The mid-1960s were nothing short of catastrophic — despite the 1959 Billy Graham crusades.  These crusades were considered so successful that many thought Australia came close…

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The gospel of grace in Australia
June 2004

The gospel of grace in Australia

The centre of Australian evangelical life in Australia is the Anglican diocese of Sydney - centred on Moore College, the publications of Matthias Press, and the national leadership of Archbishop Peter Jensen.Its influence radiates outwards into the whole of Australian Christian life and work. While some aspects of this influence give me cause for…

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Developments Down Under
March 2004

Developments Down Under

Having recently visited the UK, and been invited to write for ET about the situation facing Christians in Australia, I am most happy to contribute this short report on conditions in the Antipodes. Australia and Britain share many of the problems endemic in Western countries generally, and I am sure the reader will readily…

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Missionary Spotlight-The gospel in Australia
January 2001

Missionary Spotlight-The gospel in Australia

The gospel came to Australia with the 'First Fleet' in 1788. On board was Rev. Richard Johnson, an evangelical Anglican clergyman. He ministered under great difficulties until 1800, when he returned to England. It was only in the 1850s and the 1860s - following the gold rushes and the end of convict transportation -…

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Missionary Spotlight-Evangelical kaleidoscope
January 2001

Missionary Spotlight-Evangelical kaleidoscope

The professedly evangelical scene within Australia presents a kaleidoscope - active groups within larger, compromised denominations; a small number of independent congregations; and a burgeoning multitude of neo-Pentecostal causes. Unlike the UK, there are no wider Evangelical associations, nor is there a substantial sprinkling of 'Evangelical Free' churches.Bible-believing, gospel-preaching churches are few in number,…

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