Feb 10 2022
The Faith | Works ‘Conundrum’ByCarrie Shaw InPractical 0Reading Time: 12 minutes
The simple truth that we find acceptance with God by grace through faith alone is the Bible’s most beautiful theme. Grace began long ago when God set in motion the means for humanity to find their way back to Him, to find their way home. He promised Adam and Eve that a redeemer would come who would save humanity from the consequences of their sin. That redeemer would be His very own Son, born for…
Jun 09 2020
The Church | A Woman Of ValourByCarrie Shaw InThe Church 2Reading Time: 12 minutes
In my recent article, ‘The People Of The Kingdom’, I noted that the church is the tangible evidence of the kingdom of God. Church people are kingdom people, living in a fellowship under King Jesus, with lives that “are literally connected to things before the creation of the world and extending far into eternity” (Ecclesiastes 3:11) (Matter Of The Heart). By looking more closely at how the Bible describes the church, we will also see what…
Feb 04 2020
Keep Your Eyes On JesusByCarrie Shaw InJesus 0Reading Time: 5 minutes
We’re called to a radical life.
This is a life in which we’re called to follow someone we’ve never seen. We’ve heard about him but we’ve never seen him with our own eyes. We’ve ‘believed the report’, the good message about who Jesus is and why he came, and our hearts have been convicted to follow him. And even though we haven’t seen him, we love him.
“Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though…
Aug 26 2019
What Is A Disciple?ByCarrie Shaw InLifestyle 0Reading Time: 6 minutes
The word disciple occurs frequently throughout the Bible and ‘discipleship’ is something that the Bible references often. But what does the word disciple actually mean? And what does it mean to be a disciple of Jesus?
What Is A Disciple?
Our English language Bibles were translated from manuscripts written primarily in two languages; Hebrew (in the Old Testament) and Greek (in the New Testament). The translative history of the Bible is a fascinating journey, from an academic…
May 28 2019
Toxic FaithByCarrie Shaw InGrace 2Reading Time: 7 minutes
It seems hard to believe that people who have answered Jesus’ call to a life of freedom could so easily lose the sense of joy and relief they first felt. It’s difficult to understand why Christians who have been made free and ‘alive in Christ’ would choose to return to a kind of spirituality that slowly imprisons the mind and poisons the soul. How does a message that speaks clearly of God’s love – a…
Mar 05 2019
Is Church-Going Still Relevant?ByCarrie Shaw InPersonal 0Reading Time: 6 minutes
Despite Christianity still being Australia’s largest religion (61.1% compared with 7.3% of all other religions combined), the proportion of Australians identifying as Christian has been steadily declining over the past century. Compared to 1911, when 96% of people identified as Christian, the 2001 census recorded the figure of 68% and the latest Census, taken in 2011, recorded a drop to 61.1%.
New figures released in 2017 show that some 7 million Australians (30.1% of the population),…