Called to an itinerant lifestyle

Called to an itinerant lifestyle

June 7, 2022

My husband and I have moved often. We were both living and working in Geelong when we married. Two years later, my husband received a promotion in his bank employment and we moved to Gippsland. We enjoyed living there but a drought caused a downturn in the town’s economy and we were forced to move […]

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by Susan Barnes
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FOMO the fear of mission out

FOMO : The fear of missing out

May 24, 2022

Last year on a beautiful autumn afternoon I was driving to my home near the Snowy Mountains in Australia, and I saw the season’s first snow on the mountain peaks. It looked like white gelato. I live the perfect distance from the mountains. Far enough away to avoid snow in my backyard but close enough […]

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Isolation in Christian communities

Isolation in Christian communities 

March 29, 2022

I became a Christian as a result of going to a church youth camp when I was fourteen. None of my family or friends practised Christian faith. The only Christians I knew were a few teenagers from the church youth group, which was especially difficult during school holidays when the youth group didn’t meet. While…

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Christian Today Article : Living with misunderstanding

Living With Misunderstanding

December 7, 2021

Recently I wrote this article for Christian Today. A church advertised their Christmas production with the tagline, “My fiancé is pregnant and I’m not the father.” We don’t often think about the apparently scandalous nature of the Christmas story. We’ve heard the story so many times we forget how shocking Mary’s pregnancy was in first-century Israel.…

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Christian Today Article

Would you like to live in a palace?

November 16, 2021

Recently I wrote this article for Christian Today. My family immigrated from England to Australia when I was young. My mother never expected to return to England so she took my brother and me to visit historical sites around London before we left. We went to Buckingham Palace and other residences of the royal family and…

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Evidence based Christianity

Evidence-based Christianity

October 5, 2021

Recently I wrote this article for Christian Today. Every day we exercise faith based on evidence. We sit on a chair without checking its structural integrity. We exercise faith in the person who made the chair and the evidence that other people have sat on it. We cross intersections when the lights are green because we…

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