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Women and the Church

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I recently had the pleasure of being the guest speaker at another church, and in conversation with one of the elders afterwards (while sipping the usual Nescafé Blend 43 and eating an iced vovo) I discovered that they don’t allow women to preach. Now before I go any further, it’s worth making a very strong note that I am not going to lay out what I think on the matter in this very short article, nor give a theological treatise on the topic, nor is anything I say necessarily the perspective of PostcardRadio. My intention is just to open up the topic, so that you our intelligent readers can have the conversations, because I believe it’s an important conversation to have.

Now a few observations. First, without going into any of the details, it needs to be said that the culture in first century Palestine where the church first started is not the same as the culture of 21st Century Australia. With that in mind, the answers the New Testament church came up with to various questions (including this one) may not always fit as snugly in our world today. Whatever answers we come up with today (to any of the “how to” questions) need to reflect both the way of Jesus and the needs of our own culture. I’ll leave you to nut that one out.

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The Kingdom of God: a living language

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A Living Language and a Language Lived
Access to the Kingdom of God through the Kingdom Community
By Randy Edwards

Over the course of my academic career (if you include High School), I have studied five languages other than English (of which I have learned two – American and Australian). Of the four non-English languages, three of them are no longer spoken: Latin, Greek, ancient Hebrew and Aramaic. The other is German which is still a “living” language. However, most languages are not simply living but are lived, and this critical distinction is particularly valid for the language of the Kingdom of God. When the language of the Kingdom is lived out, people learn this new language and come to understand it. Read More

The Kingdom of God: a rose by any other name

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A Rose by any other name . . .
By Randy Edwards

As a gardener I am a complete failure. My wife would be the first to affirm such an assessment. So when we moved out of our 2-bedroom unit in the city into a house with lawns and gardens last year, I made a deal with her. I would look after the pool and the lawns, and she would look after the gardens. Why? Because I am absolutely hopeless in flower gardens. Read More

The Kingdom of God: to be or not to be

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“To Be” or “Not to Be”: That is the Kingdom Question!
By Randy Edwards

What does it mean to be a good citizen of a country? In recent years the arrival of immigrants from overseas has put pressure on 2nd, 3rd and 4th generation Australians to speak of what it means to be a “true blue Aussie.” Are they ones who take up citizenship? Are they the ones who pay their taxes and vote? Are they those who have passed the citizenship test? Are they the people who are loyal to Australian government regardless of its domestic or foreign policies? What defines a real Australian? Read More

The Meaning of the Resurrection

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Tomorrow is Good Friday, the day when we remember the death of Jesus. It is, of course, followed by Easter Sunday, the day when we eat chocolate to celebrate the resurrection. There is no doubt that the resurrection is central to Christian faith, but what does it really mean? Renowned theologian N.T.Wright discusses this question in this excellent article. The text follows (or click on the link) and I encourage you to read it and ponder it this Easter. May God bless you as you seek him. Read More

Keep your eye on the Ball

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(A Series on the Kingdom of God: Part 1)

“Keep your eye on the ball!” is a typical comment heard in any sporting activity that uses a ball in its game.   For me, it’s the phrase I use constantly as I try to teach my 3 year-old and 6 year old grandchildren how to play golf. There are so many distractions, even at a golf driving range, let alone an actual golf course. Over the years I have played with lots of golfers (mostly “hackers” like myself) and have seen the many distractions that keep them (and me) from becoming better golfers. Read More